The ObamaCare Halloween Horror – What Will Hillary Say?

Update: Those making calculations for 2016 better listen to our warnings and the sooner the better. Our warning is partially but insufficiently being listened to by those up for election in 2014. Here we go: HHS official hints at extending ObamaCare enrollment period as Joe Manchin drafts bill to delay mandate. There are already the necessary six Obama Dimocrats (Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan, Begich, Shaheen, Manchin) lined up to pass a bill in the Senate designed to help them avoid responsibility for their ObaminationCare votes.

Our advice for Republicans remains the same as before. Now that Obama Dimocrats running for election next year try to punt ObaminationCare until after next year’s elections – just like Barack Obama avoided the ObaminationCare implementation before his reelection – Republicans should not fall into this ploy and instead take our advice: “Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It“. “Ram it right down Barack Obama’s throat in 2014. Kill ObamaCare before it kills you.

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We recently got some flak because of our smart, not particularly tough, warnings to Hillary Clinton 2016 and Hillary Clinton supporters generally. No surprise to us. We issued a lot of smart warnings in 2008 about Barack Obama which angered some Hillary Clinton supporters who demanded we “play nice” and only say “nice” things about Hillary and ignore the stink of B.O.

Seeing danger we shout “DANGER” but lemmings want to jump over that cliff and resent our red flags and red stop signs. “Let us jump!” squeal the lemmings. The lemmings demand that we stay silent as we watch Hillary and Bill tie themselves to ObamaCare. We shout “DANGER”.

Those that want to tie Hillary Clinton to ObamaCare and dragged down under the sea like Ahab should realize that the most hated aspect of ObamaCare is the individual mandate and that Obama argued against it in 2008 and Hillary Clinton argued for it because it was part of a comprehensive plan for health care which included items Obama has given away such as Medicare negotiated prices for drugs. None of this will matter in 2016. The video that will be played over and over and used by Obama as a defense to shift the blame for ObamaCare to Hillary is a variation of this one:



The entirety of the disaster called ObamaCare will soon be blamed on Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton should immediately denounce ObamaCare and attack the horrible mess in its entirety and especially its roll out. Hillary Clinton should also attack the fact that ObamaCare is not affordable despite its Orwellian use of that word.

In 2008 Barack Obama discussed why he was opposed to the mandate. Barack Obama stated that people did not buy health insurance because it was not affordable. Barack Obama added then that a mandate would not necessarily mean affordable. Why opponents of ObamaCare have forgotten Obama’s words on this matter is a mystery. Every ObamaCare opponent should replay Barack Obama’s words on affordability:



The mandate, mandate enforceability, and affordability was a big issue in 2008 and there are a lot of videos that will soon be revisited. Hillary Clinton talked about health care and Barack Obama talked about health insurance. Much of what Hillary Clinton said in 2008 is true today. Barack Obama proposed a health plan that even today at full implementation will not cover everybody. Barack Obama had a bad plan and he made it worse. Barack Obama then loaded incompetence onto treachery to buy himself a wealthy post presidency future serving on the boards of the industries he has so enriched.



ObamaCare, the Affordable Care Act, is an enrichment program for the health insurance companies and the drug industry. The sooner Hillary Clinton details her profound differences with ObamaCare the likelier she will have a successful run in 2016. But it is imperative that Hillary Clinton separate herself from ObamaCare. The Obama protection squads at Politico are waving red flags her way:

“Dems caught in Obamacare uproar

It’s not the GOP that President Barack Obama has to worry about in defending his botched health care rollout, it’s fellow Democrats.

They voted for the law, sang its praises for three-plus years and still believe in the promise of health care reform. But now they face a conundrum: stay in lock step with Obama and risk their credibility as advocates for the law’s benefits or publicly criticize the administration for its recent problems — especially a failure to more quickly acknowledge, and rectify, the major malfunction of its Internet marketplace.

It’s a particularly vexing question for Democrats worried about their party’s chances in the 2014 midterm elections, and, increasingly, they’re opting for the latter strategy. [snip]

Democratic political strategists are racing to find the safest ground for 2014 House and Senate candidates who support the law but don’t want to be dragged down if things don’t get better — and fast.”

There are some Hillary Clinton 2016 supporters who will not be happy with our call for Hillary to attack ObamaCare as the health scam it is. Indeed these Hillary Clinton 2016 supporters share a belief with many Republicans/conservatives which we find deluded at best. The argument is that the overt and hideous ObamaCare failure is part of a plan and that Hillary Clinton can easily take advantage of this planned failure.

This ObamaCare failure, argue Republicans/conservatives and some Hillary Clinton 2016 supporters, is a planned smart scheme to get to a government run single payer system. According to this theory Hillary Clinton can run in 2016 on support of ObamaCare and promises to improve it with more steps towards single payer. This is a cute argument for a “step in the right direction” towards single payer but it fails. Put aside the pros and cons of single payer. If the simple technical aspects of ObamaCare such as a website so elude the government and are such a catastrophe how will total government control work? The argument is the government can’t get this baby to crawl so lets devise a system which demands the baby run.

This baby cannot run. If anything this Frankenstein baby has thus far not approached the cars flying by as it attempts to cross the street. That dangerous roadway is the central ObamaCare policy not yet reached because technical barriers have blocked people from seeing it due to the technical aspects which have so utterly failed. And in this case the technical is all. Unlike the Apple phone which is only one product in the cell phone marketplace – the ObamaCare websites are the entirety of the marketplace.

So, what will Hillary say about ObamaCare? Let’s look at what others, including some really big ObamaCare supporters are saying. First up, John Dickerson who declares that Barack Obama is headed towards a “credibility death spiral” on ObamaCare.:



MSNBC Obama Praetorian Chuck Todd:

Five days before the launch, the president said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak,” Todd recalled. “Who misled him? Who misled the president on this?”

“Are you telling me five days before that somebody let the president go out to the American public to give this speech and say this and make this promise?” Todd continued. “In fact, the next line is, ‘I promise you, this is a lot easier, it’s like booking a hotel or plane ticket.’ Who let him down?”

Chuck is still looking for someone other than Barack Obama to blame. Hillary won’t be safe from Chuckie’s wrath.



Chuck is looking for someone to blame. This is a turd even Oprah won’t eat. Hells bells, even the ObamaCare sell squad smells the B.O. stink:

“After President Obama gave out the phone number for the official Obamacare registration hotline Monday morning, radio host Sean Hannity called in to speak with a human representative. In the ensuing conversation, the conservative host grilled a call operator, asking her questions about the glitchy Obamacare website before veering into awkward small talk about politics, talk radio, and snow in Florida. [snip]

Hannity complimented for the operator for being so polite and kind, but also asked her questions that could possibly put her job on the line: “Have you ever gotten anyone who really likes it yet?” he asked at another point. “Um, not really,” she admitted, sending the radio host into a fit of laughter.”



The soon to be fired “human representative” stated that the ObamaCare website would be down for the next couple of days. How long the ObamaCare website will be “inoperative” triggered a question from ABC’s Jonathan Karl:

“Shortly after President Obama delivered remarks on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney conducted a briefing in which he seemed to leave open the possibility that the problems with the Obamacare website could immunize consumers from the individual mandate, while also appearing to rule it out. ABC News’ Jon Karl emphatically pressed Carney to delay the individual mandate, and CBS News’ Major Garrett pressed Carney for clarification.

After Carney told CNN’s Brianna Keilar that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act makes allowances for those who fail to acquire health insurance due to a lack of access, such as those in states where Republican governors refused to expand Medicaid, Karl cut to the chase. “Given all the problems we have seen with people trying to enroll in this program, is the White House going to be delaying the mandate?

“That is not at all what I was saying,” Carney replied.

“Well, why not?” Karl cut in. “Why not delay? You are going to charge people a fine for not enrolling.”

Poor Jonathan, it’s like getting blood from a website:



Add Consumer Reports to the list of racists that are out to sabotage Barack Obama’s pension supplementation program:

“Consumer Reports Reviews Obamacare Website: ‘Stay Away’ for Another Month”

As the Professor so diligently reminds, Consumer Reportshelped shove ObamaCare down your throats”.

Even the guy who started the Journolisters, Ezra Klein, is running for cover.



According to Master Journolister Klein the “glitches” are helping to mask some bigger problems with ObamaCare:

“The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein warned that the Obama administration is underplaying the problems facing its online exchanges by simply labeling them “glitches.” Ironically, according to Klein, the websites’ incapacity to handle Internet traffic is actually preventing users from encountering what may be the sites’ biggest problem.

These aren’t glitches,” Klein said on Morning Joe on Monday. “The website, to a first approximation, simply isn’t working.”

He explained that the more fixable problem facing the website was dealing with traffic. The bigger problem, according to Klein, was whether the right information was being sent to insurers after users enroll, including messages that users hadn’t yet enrolled even if they had.

“That is a problem, I think, that the Obama administration is and should be worried about,” he said.”

There are a lot of ObamaCare non “glitches” for Dr. Frankenstein to be worried about. The racist Obama haters against ObamaCare at the New York Times explain:

“Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1. However, that goal struck many contractors as unrealistic, at least for major components of the system. Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting in January, although that view is not universally shared.

In interviews, experts said the technological problems of the site went far beyond the roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. Indeed, several said, the login problems, though vexing to consumers, may be the easiest to solve. One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.

The account creation and registration problems are masking the problems that will happen later,” said one person involved in the repair effort.”

The deadline is December 15, 2013, not next March, for those who want their new ObamaCare policies because ObamaCare has destroyed their current insurance plan. A system shutdown for long periods of time is not possible because the deadline for many is December 15 not March 15, 2014. The “rate shock” price rises will knock the “affordable” out of ObamaCare and the deductibles and co-pays will make the “affordable” an extravagance they cannot afford.

National Journal
‘s Ron Fournier has to be added to the racist ObamaCare haters list because he too is off the propaganda Hopium:

“Why Obama Should Be Freaked Out Over Obamacare

It’s worse than we know, this is the easy part, and millions of Americans could be hurt.

1. It’s worse than his team has let on. [snip] An administration spokesman told the Washington Post on Sunday that the “main driver of the problem is volume.” This is intentionally misleading.

The White House has heard complaints from insurance companies, consumers, and health policy experts about issues embedded deeply in the online system. For example: inaccurate information provided to people about federal tax credits; low-income people erroneously told they don’t qualify for Medicaid; and insurance companies getting confusing information about who has signed up.

The administration refuses to say how many people have enrolled through the federal exchange, the key metric for determining how well the online service is working in states that didn’t set up their own exchanges. There are two possible explanations for the Obama administration’s unconscionable lack of transparency. Their process is so screwed up that they don’t have the data, which would be embarrassing. Or they have the data – and it’s embarrassing.

2. This is the easy part. Finding and motivating people to take action online is the founding strength of Team Obama. This is what they do best. Managing a complex law is a different matter, and it’s fair to question whether the president and his team are up to it.

How do you convince healthy young Americans to pay for insurance they may not need in order to fund the program? Do companies shed workers and working hours to avoid coming under the law? Are people with cheap catastrophic plans forced to pay more in the exchanges? Tricky questions likes these will soon make the hard art of website design look like fingerpainting. “The online federal health care exchange, the heart of the Obamacare project, is such a rolling catastrophe that it may end up creating a major policy fiasco immediately rather than eventually,” wrote Ross Douthat in a New York Times column titled, “Obamacare, Failing Ahead of Schedule.” [snip]

3. It reflects poorly on the president.

4. It reflects poorly on government. [snip]Beyond Obamacare, the Democratic Party’s reputation for competency is as stake. The cost of the site is already $394 million, a massive amount compared to private-sector CMS work, and sure to grow.

5. It could hurt Americans.”

If Hillary Clinton or anyone else need a clue as to the mess of ObamaCare just consider the Barack Obama publicity stunt held on Monday. For three weeks the ObamaCare website horrors have been known. Barack Obama and his clown crew prepared a publicity stunt defense of ObamaCare for Monday. The idea was to have Barack Obama defend ObamaCare in front of ObamaCare fans. How much did the unlucky 13 people standing behind B.O. love ObamaCare? Or, as HotAir phrased it, “How many people onstage with Obama today have successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?” The answer is 3:

“Of the 13 people who flanked President Obama during his speech defending Obamacare in the Rose Garden Monday, just three had successfully registered for the new Obamacare exchanges. [snip]

The three people who were able to register included: Janice Baker, who introduced the president and as of last week was the only person to have successfully enrolled in health care coverage through Delaware’s state exchange; David Hall, an IT consultant who signed up for health care through the DC Health Link; and Zohre Abolfazli, who was able to register through healthcare.gov last night and still needs to shop for her “best plan.

Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty would be embarrassed with the turnout of 3, Jack. But the embarrassment called Barack Obama is beyond embarrassment. Barack Obama will just outright lie. The latest Big Lie from Barack Obama is that the ObamaCare website is popular and so many visitors are good news and that the many visitors somehow translate to many enrollees. The Associated Press mocked that false assertion:

“However, the officials continue to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets. Without enrollment figures, it’s unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projecting by the Congressional Budget Office to gain coverage during the six-month sign-up period.”



“This is a question that comes up literally every single day at the White House. In the daily briefing, it comes up in other conversations that I have with administration officials every day. And every day they tell us, we don’t have that number yet. We’re going to provide the first enrollee number in mid-November. And, really what they’re trying to do at this point is, they’re being selectively transparent. They’re telling us numbers that make the system look good. They say that 19 million people have looked at HealthCare.gov since the site opened up to the public. They say that about a half million people will have actually gotten through the application process, that’s about as detailed as we’ve gotten at this point. But, you know, the enrollment figures, they say, ‘Oh, reporters, you’re just obsessed with this enrollment figure.’ Well, that’s because the enrollment figure is the only thing that tells us whether it’s actually going to work.

As we wrote earlier the ObamaCare websites are the marketplace and the number of healthy enrollees and the number of sick enrollees matter because that it is the entirety of this particular marketplace. An Apple iphone is only one phone in the cellphone marketplace (there are Samsung phones and Blackberries and many other cell phones) but the ObamaCare enrollees are the entirety of that respective marketplace. Barack Obama and his clown crew are lying about this metric and they will lie about every other metric down the road.

Barack Obama and his clown crew are lying and they continue to lie. The ObamaCare websites are not working but from the Orwellian Obama clown crew the lies will not stop and they use American taxpayer dollars to outright lie to the American public. The latest ObamaCare advertisements are lies on top of lies:

New Obamacare Ads Show How ‘Easy’ It Is to Use HealthCare.gov

On the same day that President Obama addressed the problems with the Affordable Care Act exchanges website at length from the White House Rose Garden, two new ads have been released on YouTube outlining just how “easy” HealthCare.gov is to navigate. [snip]

Once I was on the site, it was pretty easy for me to compare plans” Daniel says. “I was able to pick a much higher-quality plan, and because of my income as a student, I only pay about 70 bucks a month for it.”

In the second ad, we meet 54-year-old Deborah from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, another American who already had health insurance but was “spending a fortune” each month. “The site was very easy to use,” Deborah says, “and the customer service representatives were patient and helpful.”

The ads are clearly meant to counter the prevailing narrative that the Obamacare website is full of “glitches” and impossible to use. They go several steps further than President Obama, who acknowledged the issues in his speech Monday morning, while still emphasizing the positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The president’s speech appropriately addressed the growing concern over the website, but anyone who missed the coverage and only sees these ads will likely think everything’s running perfectly.”

It’s government paid for propaganda worthy of Stalinist totalitarians.



It’s all lies. The lies matter because they mask the failure that is ObamaCare in one simple to see metric:

“With the website this poor, only the most determined people, who are likely to be the sickest ones most in need of insurance, may enroll, either by sheer persistence online or by putting in an application the old-fashioned way, either by phone or in person.

Younger and healthier people, accustomed to seamless online experiences, may not bother with a site that is decidedly clunky. If only sick or expensive people sign up, the exchanges could fall into a “death spiral” in which premiums go up to cover sicker enrollees, causing fewer healthy people to sign up, in a vicious cycle. And that’s the biggest single threat to Obamacare.

And about that phone number that is supposed to be a backup to the broken website:

“Minutes after Obama finished his Rose Garden remarks Monday, POLITICO reporters dialed in.

Your call cannot be completed at this time. Please try your call again later,” an automated message told one reporter. Another reporter made it further into the process — and was referred to HealthCare.gov.

It’s a circle of death spiral. This circle of death kills jobs and eventually the economy.

ObamaCare, like Obama, does not work:

“Not even the most ardent defenders of Obamacare — aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — claim anymore that the law will lower health coverage costs for Americans. How, then, will it achieve universal coverage, its central goal?

The short answer is, it won’t.

Last week, major insurers warned of double-digit premium hikes for small businesses and individuals when Obamacare goes into effect next year. Likewise, the nonpartisan Society of Actuaries this week estimated that costs to insurers that provide coverage to individuals will rise 32 percent on average within the first three years of the law, with premium increases sure to follow.

Similar analyses last year had already forced MIT’s Jonathan Gruber to admit that his projections that the law would lower premiums for young and old alike were wrong — even though his projections were instrumental in securing Obamacare’s passage. Gruber’s revised estimates now show that even the least affected states, such as Colorado, will experience premium hikes of nearly 20 percent by 2016.

Clearly, the word “affordable” should be scratched from the law for the sake of truth in advertising. But what about the “protection” part — namely, universal coverage?

That too is a lie.

The “subsidies” which come from taxpayers after all were supposed to end the free rider problem but the taxpayer is still going to have to pay for the free riders that went to the emergency room and got free treatment anyway. Instead we will see more and more employers drop health coverage for full time employees like they are already doing against part time employees (part time employees being a growth population).

Is this a plan that makes a candidate supporting it in the 2016 general elections viable? We don’t think so. Our red flags are up.

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249 thoughts on “The ObamaCare Halloween Horror – What Will Hillary Say?

  1. This is incredible if true:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/white-house-deems-health-glitches-unacceptable-gop-calls-obamacare-doa-article-1.1491281

    In New York, one of only 16 states that has its own exchange, not one person had succeeded in using the site to enroll in a plan as of Friday.

    Donna Frescatore, director of the New York State of Health marketplace, said Friday that 134,000 people had registered and shopped on the state’s online health care site since its Oct. 1 launch, and thousands signed up to enroll in a plan.

    But the state has repeatedly delayed electronically transmitting those users’ data to insurers offering health plans.

    The department, which held off in order to verify the accuracy of the information users submitted, said it would transfer the first batch of enrollees’ data — which includes thousands of transactions — as early as Friday night.

    Meanwhile, insurers were worried that the state website had incorrect information on details of plans that are available.

    “We have heard from some plans that some of the information they thought was going to be there isn’t showing up,” said Leslie Moran, a spokeswoman for the New York Health Plan Association.

  2. Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obamacare-website-obama-speech-98622.html?hp=t1_3

    President Barack Obama delivered an Obamacare speech Monday that sounded a lot like hold music.

    With a staunch defense of the law and a hint of outrage over its problems, Obama sought to buy time with Congress, potential customers and the public while his administration rushes to fix HealthCare.gov, the beleaguered website that threatens the viability of his signature domestic achievement. [snip]

    If they don’t fix this, it is going to undermine Obamacare,” said Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm that is helping the industry navigate the law. “You got to get healthy people to sign up.

    Obamacare needs a mix of consumers — not just the sick but also the young and healthy who can balance out the risk pool. Those in desperate need of coverage are more likely to put up with roadblocks, long wait times and 1-800 numbers than 20-something adults who don’t feel as if insurance is even necessary.

    Laszewski said he’s talked with insurance company executives who should receive hundreds of thousands of new customers by the end of the enrollment period, but so far, they’ve received only dozens or several hundred applications.

    This is failure to launch,” he said.

  3. Seeing danger we shout “DANGER”
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    [using lower case to invoke the secular] amen admin.
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    Hardly watch tee vee these days but managed to incur a deBlasio campaign video using another sibling. a girl. she enjoys the camera too. with a kooky appearance many will fawn & drool over, the voice is ugly. too many cigarettes, not enough sleep????
    Will see how it goes. Perhaps he’s using one kid too many and public will turn. until next Tuesday, I can dream.
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    I’ve not viewed video of The Faint in the Rose Garden.
    But I do recall Cory Booker a few years back rescuing a woman. Can hardly imagine the number and tenor of moments those two will be able to share in private.
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    As of yesterday afternoon. 540 post cards on way to DC.
    540 to go.
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    Real proud of PA-10 Rep Tom Marino who has gone out of his way to remind public he’s not voting any different than he did during GOP protest.

  4. Now he is calling Verizon. Anybody there? 🙂
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    HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov

    WASHINGTON ­ The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA TODAY has learned.

    An informed source in the telecommunications industry said Verizon’s Enterprise Solutions division has been asked by the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the performance of the HealthCare.gov site, which is a key component of the Affordable Care Act. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made official.

    HHS office said Sunday the department would reach outside its government contractors to civilian companies that might be able to solve HealthCare.gov’s problems more quickly.

    “Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov,” an HHS blog post said on Sunday.

    HHS did not respond to a request for confirmation about Verizon. The company also declined to comment.

    It makes sense for HHS to seek Verizon’s help, said Aneesh Chopra, the Obama administration’s former chief technology officer and now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “There is an existing ‘best and brightest’ available to call in,” Chopra said. “Verizon is one of those already under contract.”

    The odds that the problem will be fixed are “50-50,” said Clark Kelso, California’s chief information officer under governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “They’ve got a short window here to try to fix things,” Kelso said. “Simply throwing a lot of new programmers at something like this does not guarantee success.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/21/verizon-hhs-healthcare-site-fix/3144761/

  5. The magnitude of the catastrophe keeps growing. The original scam was to extract as much wealth from the US public as possible under the guise of “helping” people. Those it would help would include insurance companies (or those who own them) and politicians who rely on voters who receive benefits of some sort (premium subsidies, Medicaid, tax credits, free birth control and maternity benefits, etc). Rather than phase it in, it was decided to hit the public hard all at once and with a Democratic legislature at the time in both houses to tell the public to shut up and like it. 2010 got in the way. Then the surprisingly stiff competition of 2012. Insurance companies are money machines. They wanted more and their guy Obama and his party hacks were supposed to get it for them. Poorly executed scams fall apart fairly quickly. This one is no exception. The insurers, health care profiteers, progressives, stupid media, and special interests should all pay for the fraud.

  6. NPR:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/21/239262661/how-long-do-they-really-have-to-fix-that-obamacare-website

    How Long Do They Really Have To Fix That Obamacare Website?

    They’ve got a few weeks.

    But if federal officials can’t get the new online insurance marketplace running smoothly by mid-November, the problems plaguing the three-week-old website could become a far bigger threat to the success of the health law, hampering enrollment and fueling opponents’ calls to delay implementation, analysts say. [snip]

    The stakes are huge — and not just because of public opinion, but to ensure broad insurance pools, which are key to the law’s long-term success. The marketplaces were supposed to be one-stop shops where individual consumers could compare policies, find out if they were eligible for subsidies, and enroll in coverage. But without robust participation — and the government is counting on 7 million enrollees the first year — the program could fall short of attracting the necessary balance between healthy and unhealthy consumers.

    “If we’re not seeing a substantial improvement in the next two or three weeks, we’ll be in a bad place,” said Dan Schuyler, director of exchange technology at Leavitt Partners, a consulting firm. “We’re already behind the curve in getting to that 7 million mark.”

    The risk in frustrating consumers is that those who are healthy or on the fence about enrolling may give up, leaving only the unhealthy motivated enough to persevere. That could drive up premiums in future years, potentially leading to what experts call “a death spiral,” where only the sickest people sign on. [snip]

    Consumers have until Dec. 15 to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2014, although the open enrollment period goes through March 31.

    Some analysts suggest that if problems persist into late November or December, the Obama administration will need to consider extending the enrollment period.

    At least one expert, though, said November is not the most critical period for the website to be functioning smoothly. Brian Haile, senior vice president of health care policy at Jackson Hewitt tax service, notes that the health law is primarily aimed at people with low-to-moderate income. And their household cash flow is often drained by holiday gift spending, he says, and replenished by February tax refunds.

    If you’re trying to sell something you need to do it at a period during which you don’t have competing consumption,” said Haile. “After Nov. 1 … foremost on their minds is not, ‘Am I going to buy insurance?’ but ‘What am I going to put under the tree?‘ “

  7. Admin: a terrific post.

    If the uniparty has its way, it will blame the shutdown on Cruz and the failure of Obamacare on Hillary. Yet the blame for both disasters resides with Obama, and the RINO–in pare delicto. (Just remember this was their idea originally, meaning their counter to Hillary’s proposal for real universal health care.)

    Anyone who thinks that eventuality can be avoided by simply ignoring it and not confronting the hard issue has no business advising Hillary. I shall not scruple to call them idiots. A better word perhaps would be loser. I mean what are we to say of a navigator who cannot see an iceberg ahead, steady bearing, decreasing range.

    It is OBVIOUS what they are trying to do. By want to glorify Obama in order to win the primary. How does one glorify Obama however when his signature legislation is an unmitigated disaster. Why would anyone wish to be associated with that if it turns out to be bad. Obviously, they are angling to blame another white woman now–Sebelius.

    Faulty execution is as nothing compared to faulty policy. This is faulty policy. Will the sheeple react? The 44% who like Obamacare, even as it stumbles out of the starting gate? Bearing in mind that these people are dumb as owl shit (correction: my mistake, dumber than owl shit) the answer is they will blame everyone but the one man responsible.

    I was reading a piece yesterday by the estimable Nial Ferguson who graduated first in his class at Oxford, is a Harvard Professor and a Oxford academician who demolishes his critics on the left, but like the Chinese hordes chasing our Marines at Chosin Reservoir, they number in the billions and they just keep coming, screaming their death chants. (Typical leftists, they are)

    In any event, Nial put his finger on the problem, with the same acuity he always does. The Republican Party has the same problem we saw with military doctrine–as we saw in the case of General Billy Mitchell: always fighting the last war. In 2012 the words its the economy stupid rang loudly between their ears, and that is how they promoted their candidate. That was a mistake.

    The economy is too esoteric of a subject for the electorate to get their little minds around. To the average voter today, all that they want is a candidate who is LIKEABLE, and tells them bedtime stories. That’s it. Nothing more complicated than that. Frankly, owl shit is looking smarter all the time compared to them.

    That is why the RINOS are dusting off that closet brown shirt Christie. Why, he is so goddamned likeable he could double for Santa Clause. But if he wins then you will see emanations of Vlad the Impaler. As the actor Jimmy Stewart was heard to say in the movie Anatomy of a Murder: ” nobody is all one thing.”

    But where Hillary is concerned your advice is the essence of sound strategy. Anything less fails is a losing strategy.

  8. Mormaer
    October 22, 2013 at 6:21 am
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    Spot on.

    Under Obama, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse are thundering towards us as a nation, brands afire, hoofs made of steel, eyes black and shiny etc. He is the destruction of all that matters, i.e. the economy, foreign policy, health care, and national unity. He is the anti-Christ. The first time I heard this was when I was campaigning for Hillary in Pennsylvania. The last time I heard it was just last night. And anyone who contends otherwise should look at the destruction he has wrought, and prove to me that he is not the anti-Christ, or some secular version thereof. In other words, the burden of proof is on them.

  9. I am not a big Erickson fan, but we do think alike on many issues, only on issues like this I go to the next logical step–namely that there are irreconcilable differences between key factions in the republican base, and the end result will be the rise of a third party.

    One thing we do agree on however, is that contrary to conventional thinking, the senate is out of reach in 2014, McConnell is likely to lose, and 2014 will not be the easy House victory.

    I remember sitting in a hotel room in Boise with a key Republican strategist who was tied to The Hammer on the night of the 1998 election, watching him log on, and observe his reaction when all the dominoes fell the wrong way from his perspective.

    That is what I am seeing in 2014. Trust me, big media does not see it, and will not see it until it happens. The critical factor, again, is that conservatives have lost faith in the party, and will stay home rather that support the RINO.
    —————————–
    While all the polling suggests a very real anti-establishmentarian mood in the country and within the GOP, small donors are gravitating toward conservative groups willing to fight. Heritage Action for American, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives Fund, Madison Project, etc. are all seeing small donors and activists gravitating to them. As attacks on these groups intensify from Republicans in Washington, their support from the grassroots correspondingly intensifies.

    This is shaping up to be a more destructive primary season for the GOP Establishment than either 2010 or 2012. Making it even more brutal, the Chamber of Commerce and large corporatist donors are teaming up to help the Establishment. With a base already feeling ignored by the K Street/Wall Street alliance whispering in the Establishment’s ear, the Chamber and large donor support of Establishment candidates will just give the base and conservatives more fodder for attacks.

    Ultimately though, and this is the key everybody is missing, we have arrived at this point because the leadership of the party has fundraised off its opposition to Obamacare in two campaign cycles, but has never aggressively sought to oppose it legislatively.

    There will be hell to pay because of it.

  10. Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, a high-profile U.S. Navy commanding officer, was arrested on federal bribery charged, accused of trading classified information for Lady Gaga concert tickets and prostitutes.

    Also charged in a recent U.S. District Court hearing in San Diego was Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., and John Bertrand Beliveau II, a special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, The Daily Mail reported.

    Cmdr. Misiewicz, 46, is charged with giving Mr. Francis sensitive and classified information — including the movement of ships — and with helping the CEO arrange for the Navy craft to visit ports where he has contracts, The Daily Mail said.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uZ6zVW3V1hc

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/22/navy-officer-charged-trading-secrets-lady-gaga-tic/#ixzz2iSdMzPqk
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

  11. This is not the big case from Oklahoma we have been watching but it has the benefit of immediacy. It’s the biggest threat of many big threats to ObamaCare:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obamacare-subsidies-judge-lawsuit-98642.html?hp=f2

    “A District of Columbia federal judge says he’ll rule Tuesday on a lawsuit over whether Americans enrolling in federally run exchanges as part of the health care law can collect insurance subsidies after he directed pointed questions to the Obama administration in a three-hour hearing Monday.

    The case is one of two prominent attempts to stop premium subsidies from being awarded in states where the federal government is running the new health exchange. The seven businesses and self-employed individuals bringing the case say the Affordable Care Act allows insurance subsidies in the state-run exchanges, but not the federal ones.

    The plaintiffs — all from states in which the federal government is running the exchange — asked District Judge Paul Friedman for an injunction to block the subsidies, which will start being awarded on Jan. 1. If Friedman awards the injunction, the Obama administration would most likely immediately appeal.

    The Obama administration wants the motion dismissed, with Department of Justice attorney Joel McElvain arguing that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue because they are outside a “zone of interest.”

    The judge called that argument “silly.” “You’ve got a real uphill battle to persuade me of that because I wrote in my notes ‘this is a silly argument,’” Friedman told McElvain.

    Much of the Monday hearing centered on just one of the plaintiffs — a West Virginia resident named David Klemencic who is the sole proprietor of a flooring company and next year must either buy coverage for himself or pay a fine.

    Attorney Michael Carvin said that’s unfair because if the state’s federally run exchange can’t participate in subsidies — which is how those suing over the issue interpret the Affordable Care Act — Klemencic couldn’t collect them and would be off the hook from buying coverage. Low-income Americans who can’t get help buying coverage — like in states that don’t expand Medicaid — aren’t subject to the coverage mandate. No subsidies, no fine, Carvin argued.

    But Klemencic had previously said he planned to buy a low-cost catastrophic coverage plan — a point that McElvain seized upon. He said Klemencic would pay the same or less for a bronze plan on the exchange with the help of subsidies.

    “It is quite clear [Klemencic] hasn’t suffered any injury at all,” McElvain said. “He would pay hundreds less for a bronze plan on the exchange instead of the catastrophic plan he wanted to buy.”

    The administration has taken the position — and the IRS has interpreted the law to mean — that the subsidies can be awarded through all insurance exchanges, saying Congress didn’t make the language clear only because it assumed states would want to run their own exchanges.

    “It’s a more common-sense point,” McElvain said. “What would Congress have written if they thought the secretary would have run some of the exchanges?”

    But that’s not how the law reads plainly, according to opponents. Carvin, who also argued part of the individual mandate lawsuit before the Supreme Court last year, said Congress intended to withhold the subsidies from federally run exchanges as incentive for the states to run them — and accused the administration of failing to come up with enough documentation to prove its interpretation.

    “They haven’t come up with anything that even hints that’s what Congress intended,” Carvin said. “They’re trying to make a dog that doesn’t bark bark.”

    In August, U.S. District Judge Ronald White allowed a similar lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma to go forward.

  12. moononpluto
    October 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    God he came cheap….Gaga Tickets…I’d rather rip my nails out with pliers.
    ————–
    It is not enough that a naval office be a competent mariner. He must be that of course but a good deal more. He must be a gentlemen with fine manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor. –Captain John Paul Jones USN father of the US Navy.

    But there is one more ingredient that Jones never considered. No, not courage. No, not tenacity, as I have not yet begun to fight. When balls of fire what is it? Lady Gaga tickets. Without those, he is unfit to command. With those, purloined under these circumstances he is likewise, unfit for command.

    What then is a . . . lets see what is it . . . oh yes, a “high profile navy commander” to do to advance his naval career and still pursue the good life which he has forsaken in selfless service to the nation? Evidently, this.

    Yes, this is not the conduct we expect from our military service. But it is as nothing compared to what Obama has done to this nation. In this case, there is some semblance of accountability, whereas in big media there is none. They would be the first to grab the lady gaga tickets in exchange for selling us out–like they do every day.

  13. Just started reading the new thread by Admin and although I do agree that Hillary has to come out at some point and say, “I told you so…, that her plans for single payer health care was right and the putz that was carried into the Oval was just making up crap as he went along, and the disaster called ‘ObamaCare’ proves it…”

    I can’t help but envision Hillary and Bill, kickin’ back, relaxing over a big bowl of popcorn watching the Obama administration and it’s pet media try in vein to keep the Hope and Change hologram from melting in front of the voters eyes. Bill and Hillary just give Barry a little pat on the head, every now and then…knowing that incompetent actions speak louder than words.

    Media can’t cover up the bad experiences the public are having when trying to sign up and pay for ObamaCare.

  14. The Hillary Effect……

    A poll released Tuesday suggests Democrat Terry McAuliffe has pulled away in the campaign for Virginia governor, opening a 17-point lead against Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II two weeks from Election Day.

    The poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, has Mr. McAuliffe ahead 50-33 — by far the largest margin of any poll thus far in the race.

    The survey of 1,000 likely voters has a 3 percentage point margin of error. It was conducted Sunday, a day after former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigned with Mr. McAuliffe in Falls Church.

    The results come after Rasmussen last month had Mr. McAuliffe with a 6 percentage point lead, 44 percent to 38 percent, over Mr. Cuccinelli.

  15. Just in case anyone thought Alan Grayson could not be any lower of a lowlife, well its possible it seems.

    Jorge Bonilla, the Florida Republican challenging Democratic representative Alan Grayson in next year’s election, has called on the Democratic House leadership to condemn Grayson’s use of a burning cross in a fundraising e-mail. Bonilla accused his opponent of using the image “to troll for donations.”

    In his fundraising e-mail, Grayson used the image of a burning cross to serve as the “T” in “tea party,” likening the group to the Klu Klux Klan. Bonilla accused Grayson of looking to divide Americans rather than unite them, and called the depiction “despicable and needlessly hurtful to the many millions of families that still deal with the wounds of racial prejudice.”

    Grayson is seeking reelection after returning to Congress following a one-term absence; he served from 2009 to 2011 before losing in the 2010 midterms.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/361901/graysons-gop-opponent-calls-dems-condemn-cross-burning-pic-andrew-johnson

  16. Hitler is kinda pissed off at ObamaCare – love it!!!

    This piece of video has become a classic, the number of times it’s used with humorous dialogue to educate and entertain the masses.

    Where I live there has been a public transportation strike that has effected 400,000 commuters a day, by unions that represent a total of 2300 members.

    Someone took the same video and produced another ‘Hitler rant” gem:

  17. moononpluto
    October 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    The Hillary Effect……

    A poll released Tuesday suggests Democrat Terry McAuliffe has pulled away in the campaign for Virginia governor, opening a 17-point lead against Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II two weeks from Election Day.

    The poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, has Mr. McAuliffe ahead 50-33 — by far the largest margin of any poll thus far in the race.
    —–

    How do the Kooks like dem apples?

    The Clinton’s not only still have ‘IT’, they are flexing their muscles in the divided Dim party.

  18. …right on the money again Admin…

    ****************************************

    Hillary and Bill need to run as far as they can from Ocare…

    Hillary needs to pivot and declare Ocare a JOB KILLER (she can say it was not intentional but a real consequence)…she needs to differentiate that we don’t want health care at the expense of people losing their jobs, companies having to close, people losing their own doctors, paying more than they can realistically afford…and to turn the whole country into a country of PART TIME WORKERS, if they are lucky to even find a job…

    Hillay has to get real…clear…and specific…she has to be the one to explain what is wrong and what needs to be done to make things right…

    she should quote Warren Buffet and say the whole system needs to be scraped and we need to start again…and we need to take the best ideas, including those from across the aisle…to make health care work and AFFORDABLE…that we need to bring the country “together”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/warren-buffett-scrap-obamacare-and-start-over_756302.html

    …and frankly, Hillary would be wise to start listening to what Dr Ben Carson is saying…she should use the wisdom this man has from actually being a doctor and caring for patients…and being in the real life trenches…not some pontificator like O…

    Hillary needs to put the emphasis for health care back on actual “health care”…not the freaking insurance and drug companies…she needs to explain on Ocare has gone way, way off track…

    if she would speak the truth…people would listen and support her…if she becomes of puppet of Ocare…she will turn me, for one, off…

  19. On the topic of jobs, the delayed jobs report came out, and as you’d expect….

    1. the unemployment rate went down??? yeah, a little bit.

    2. Hiring was tepid, much more tepid than economists were predicting. Not the rip-roaring rebound that Obummer keeps hoping for.

    3. unemployment rate decrease tied to ongoing “people leaving the workforce”. Yeah, they’re just throwing up their hands and saying ‘I don’t need no steeenking job’?? No, you’re out of work ‘too long’, so we don’t count you any more.

  20. …btw…isn’t it ironic that a lot of what the repubs were saying is true…and they were hammered for saying it…but now the MSM is starting to make the very same points…

    I just heard wolf blitzer (paraphrase) call Ocare a clunker with flat tires…

    so everyone else can say what is obvious and true, but the repubs can’t…

  21. oh, one last thing before I sign off…

    I feel very sorry for those few people that got on and put all their personal and confidential info on that Ocare black hole site…

    I wouldn’t feel very good about who has seen or gotten my private info right about now…

    …as if anyone with a brain, would put anything confidential in that identity theft mess…more train wrecks waiting to happen…

  22. Hey, big surprise, AP falsely try to tar and feather Terry McAuliffe (close Clinnton friend), and lo and behold, three AP are now “free to spend more time with their families”:

    http://omg.yahoo.com/news/ap-fires-third-staffer-terry-mcauliffe-fallout-174121068.html

    AP Fires Third Staffer in Terry McAuliffe Fallout
    ===================================

    The Associated Press has fired a third staffer in the fallout of an erroneous report about gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

    Norm Gomlak, an editor on the AP’s South Desk in Atlanta, was the first staffer outside the Richmond, Va., bureau to lose his job. Employees in the Atlanta office were given the news in a staff meeting Monday.

    An AP spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

    The AP has also fired Bob Lewis, a Virginia politics reporter, and Dena Potter, a news editor. Domestic AP stories are typically sent to one of four regional desks — including the South Desk — for a final edit and publication on the AP wire.

    Lewis filed a story alleging that McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a death benefits claim. It was published on Oct. 9 and the AP retracted the story less than two hours later.

    Lewis, who was well-regarded by colleagues, had covered Virginia government for about two decades. Sen. Mark Warner, a former Virgina governor, was among those who took to Twitter to wish him well.

    The post AP Fires Third Staffer in Terry McAuliffe Fallout appeared first on TheWrap.

  23. and on the radio, Amnesty Int’l is condemning the Obama Administration for under-reporting numbers of civilians killed by drones.

    Then it’s onto the fallout of spying on Mexico.

    Hey, wasn’t this guy “Barack Obama”, after winning the Nobel Peace Prize

    Third story is the ongoing problems with Obama HealthScare web sites.

    Then the sad story of adding only 148,000 jobs.

    Zero for four, Mr. Preezy.

  24. ” Instead we will see more and more employers drop health coverage for full time employees like they are already doing against part time employees (part time employees being a growth population). ”
    *****
    That was a primary feature written into the AHC bill by the business lobby. Employment based health care insurance was dying a slow death but AHC provides the social/politcl cover to kill it much sooner. A $2000/worker penalty is dirt cheap compared to current and future insurance costs for a business. A big bonus was the SCOTUS ruling that the penalty is a tax, therefore it’s not going to be increased by HHS.

  25. Where is Our Amnesty?

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | October 22nd, 2013 at 02:28 PM | 13

    Now that Obama thinks he has successfully remade the American economy and permanently transformed the relationship between the citizen and government, he is working on restructuring society itself. He plans to move on from Obamacare to immigration deform.

    Conservatives must ensure that the focus remains on Obamacare. No immigration-related legislation. Period. The idea that we can craft a positive bill with Obama in the White House, irrespective of your view on the issue, is absurd.

    However, there is one thing we can learn from the immigration debate. Almost every supposed precondition for amnesty and the pathway to citizenship under the Senate bill is subject to suspension for humanitarian purposes, to ensure family unity, the public interest, or personal hardship.

    So given that so many of us will lose jobs, suffer from reduced income, lose our health insurance and access to doctor, pay unaffordable premiums, and lose our self-respect, where is our amnesty? Where is our waiver for purposed of hardship, family unity, and humanitarian concerns?

    Are we less valuable than illegal immigrants? Evidently so. To make matters worse, illegal immigrants are still receiving $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits from the same IRS that is taxing our health insurance.

    This is not the country for which our grandparents stormed the beaches of Normandy.

    Last week, I wrote about my personal story losing health insurance as a result of Obamacare. I’d like to share with you a letter I received from “Bill in Washington.” This is a letter Bill sent to Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. It is a broad perspective of Obamacare and a government-take-all society from a man who is losing his battle with cancer. It is a quintessential American perspective. It is what we must continue fighting for in the coming months.

    We must not steer the legislative battle away from Obamacare for one moment. Whether its tax reform, abstract entitlement reform, or so-called immigration reform, nothing will matter if Obamacare is not destroyed.

    We must continue fighting for amnesty – amnesty for We the People from a tyrannical government.

    Send me your Obamacare story to Daniel@madisonproject.com. It’s time we begin collecting them.

    —————————————————————–

    Senator Patty Murray
    Senator Maria Cantwell
    Washington, DC , 20510

    Dear Senator:

    I have tried to live by the rules my entire life.
    My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.

    Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year!
    Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.

    Last year, the president spent an estimated 1.4 $billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.

    In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.

    You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and
    veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).

    You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – (1) How you get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote ) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net”
    has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all Democrat voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?

    I would offer that you are not entirely to blame.
    What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.

    As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 -1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?

    While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.

    As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,”
    while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.

    The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares. This letter will, however, go on line where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.

    I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours,ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.

    My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.

  26. Another backwater falls to Shariah…….another one of the tourist list.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/bruneis-sultan-announces-strict-islamic-penalties

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — A new criminal law that could include penalties like amputation for theft and stoning for adultery will be enforced for Muslims in Brunei in six months, its ruling sultan announced.

    Brunei’s Shariah Islamic court had previously handled mainly family-related disputes. The sultan has been hoping to implement the new law for years to bolster the influence of Islam in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy on Southeast Asia’s Borneo island.

    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said the Shariah Penal Code should be regarded as a form of “special guidance” from God and would be “part of the great history” of Brunei.

    “By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation, our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled,” the sultan said at a legal conference in Brunei’s capital.

    The law would apply only to Muslims, who comprise about two-thirds of the population of nearly 420,000 people. The others follow mainly Buddhist, Christianity and indigenous beliefs.

    Brunei’s Mufti Awang Abdul Aziz, the country’s top Islamic scholar, told Tuesday’s conference that the Shariah law “guarantees justice for everyone and safeguards their well-being.”

    “Let us not just look at the hand-cutting or the stoning or the caning per se, but let us also look at the conditions governing them,” Awang said. “It is not indiscriminate cutting or stoning or caning. There are conditions and there are methods that are just and fair.”

    Under secular laws, Brunei already prescribes caning as a penalty for crimes including immigration offenses, for which convicts can be flogged with a rattan cane.

    Awang said there should be no concerns that foreign travelers might end up avoiding Brunei after the law is implemented.

    “Please listen to our answer. Sir, do all potential tourists to Brunei plan to steal? If they do not, then what do they need to fear,” he said. “Believe me when I say that with our Shariah criminal law, everyone, including tourists, will receive proper protection.”

    The implementation of Shariah criminal law is not expected to face vocal opposition in Brunei, which has long been known for conservative policies such as banning the public sale of liquor.

    Sultan Hassanal, who has reigned since 1967, is Brunei’s head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in Brunei.

  27. This man is SCARY!
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    Bill De Blasio: Bloomberg Didn’t Go Far Enough On Gun Control

    His name is now uttered as a curse on right-wing talk radio. But Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio told HuffPost in an interview Friday that Bloomberg’s laudable approach on gun control was ultimately hampered by his politics.

    “I think he’s been right on gun control, right on immigration reform and right on climate change. I think in several cases there was a sort of incompleteness to the approach,” de Blasio said.

    “I think on gun control we have to go after the money supply to manufacturers of guns and ammunition,” he said, suggesting cutting off public pension investments to those companies so they can’t “fund the industry that then turns around and funds the NRA.”

    De Blasio, the current public advocate, supported that divestment approach as a trustee of the city’s pension fund. The mayor’s office objected, stating that politics and pension planning shouldn’t mix, but ultimately lost the argument.

    “We can implicitly say that is not the approach Michael Bloomberg likes to take, because he’s a free-marketeer,” de Blasio said. “He does not like to see government interfere in that fashion. So amen for what he did on gun control. I think we should go the next step.”

    Marc Lavorgna, a city spokesman, said the mayor’s office was “not commenting on candidate proposals.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/bill-de-blasio-michael-bloomberg-gun-control_n_4136552.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

  28. About de Blasio – Pam Geller will have a press conference tomorrow, but I’m afraid there’s not much time to stop this man.
    =======

    Pamela Geller, WND Column: Red Bill: Disaster looms for New York

    DEFENDING THE WEST Red Bill: Disaster looms for New York

    Exclusive: Pamela Geller questions past of Democrat nominee for mayor

    Bill de Blasio, the Democrat nominee for mayor of New York City, leads his Republican rival, Joseph J. Lhota, by more than 40 points, so he is virtually certain to be the next mayor. Now, 12 years after Sept. 11, when New Yorkers were literally throwing themselves out of a building attacked by jihadists, a terror-supporting Marxist is a shoo-in for Gracie Mansion.

    It seems as if New York is a victim of Giuliani’s great success in preventing the continual pursuit of the jihad against the most desirable target of the Muslim world, New York City. Giuliani’s policies were followed, in a rare example of good sense, by his successor, Michael Bloomberg, in his unwavering support of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. De Blasio is living off the successes of Republican terror policies.

    Bill de Blasio plans that he will not allow surveillance of jihadi suspects and terror mosques. This, although two New Yorkers were charged with plotting jihad terror attacks in the last week. And since Sept. 11, there have been plots against the Brooklyn Bridge, the subway system, the stock exchange, Citigroup headquarters, the Garment District, the PATH train, JFK airport, Long Island Railroad, synagogues in the Bronx and Manhattan, Times Square and more.

    What’s de Blasio’s strategy? The Faisal Shahzad approach? Let’s just hope the bomb doesn’t go off? We see what happens when you cater to Islamic supremacist demands of removing jihad and counterterror programs. The Boston bombing – those people are dead because law enforcement didn’t pursue leads they received, out of fear of offending Muslims. That’s de Blasio’s plan.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/10/pamela-geller-wnd-column-red-bill-disaster-looms-for-new-york.html

  29. wbboei
    October 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    ——————–
    letter to senators is a stirring proclamation. ty for sharing.
    best wishes too.

  30. S
    October 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    …btw…isn’t it ironic that a lot of what the repubs were saying is true…and they were hammered for saying it…but now the MSM is starting to make the very same points…

    I just heard wolf blitzer (paraphrase) call Ocare a clunker with flat tires…

    so everyone else can say what is obvious and true, but the repubs can’t…
    _____________________________________________

    😆 Yep.S..

  31. Paul Ryan says that the failure of Kathleen Gilligan Seblilius to appear before Congress and explain the glitches in O doesn’t care legislation undermines their claims of transparency.

    It seems to me we crossed that bridge five years ago. Name me one thing that has been transparent.

    I would prefer to think of this as yet another case of the wacko bird in chief giving the RINO what the RINO deserves, namely the back of the hand.

    To which coward McConnell says thank you may I please have another.

    And who will rid me of those meddlesome Tea Party candidates.

    How can anyone in their right mind have any respect for the RINO.

    The designated fall guy in any contest with the asshole in the White House.

    Note Erickson’s comments from yesterday.

  32. As long as the RINO remains in charge of the Republican Party, the corruption in our political system will never end. Their failure to fight Obamacare after promising to do so will prove to be their undoing. I doubt the RINO can be defeated. He has his parasitic hooks deep into the party. If I am right, then a third party is the only option. The fault line is no longer between political parties, but between Washington vs. the rest of the country.

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    Viguerie Predicts ‘Absolute’ Bloodbath in 2014 GOP Primaries

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/viguerie-republican-primary-conservatives/2013/10/22/id/532522?ns_mail_uid=3895931&ns_mail_job=1542827_10232013&promo_code=15445-1#ixzz2iYNNWZLG
    Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!

    Movement-conservative icon, author, and direct-market pioneer Richard Viguerie threw down the gauntlet to establishment Republicans and the GOP leadership Tuesday, charging that conservatives “have been betrayed, abandoned by our leaders, and that includes Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, [and] Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee.”

    Viguerie and other grass-roots conservative leaders are warning that Republicans who voted to end the shutdown on terms favorable to President Barack Obama and the Democrats will face major primary opposition in 2014.

    “It’s a civil war in the GOP,” Viguerie declared Saturday in The New York Times.

    Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.

    Asked in an exclusive Newsmax interview Tuesday whether Republicans who went along with ending the shutdown will face a political bloodbath, Viguerie replied: “Oh, absolutely. It’s a war that’s been going on for 101 years, but limited-government conservatives have not been fully engaged. But now they are engaged.”

    Viguerie had no hesitation in naming who will be challenged, either.

    “We need to primary every single one of these big-government Republicans,” he said, “including Lamar Alexander, Mitch McConnell, [and] Thad Cochran down in Mississippi is being challenged.

    “I hope John Cornyn in Texas is primaried,” he said, “and of course John Boehner is going to be primaried. I predict Eric Cantor will receive . . . [a] limited-government, constitutional-conservative challenge, [and] maybe [House Majority Whip] Kevin McCarthy, a key person there, [and] Pete Sessions from Texas.”

    Thanks to the shutdown vote, Viguerie said, “it’s black and white who’s on our side and who’s on the big-government side.”

    The ConservativeHQ.com founder’s blistering broadside reflects the growing backlash on the right over how the shutdown ended.

    On Monday, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told radio talk host Steve Malzberg:

    “You now have 87 members of the House and 37 members of the Senate that you know caved in. And the first thing I would be doing is, in every one of their districts, in every one of their states, I would activate the political activists in those districts and states to let those people know that they need to stand strong and they need to represent their constituents.”

    The Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Madison Project are among the organizations pledging to support grass-roots candidates willing to toss their hats into the ring against establishment, incumbent Republicans.

    On Monday, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola told Newsmax he prefers the word “transition” over “civil war” to describe the current state of the Republican Party.

    “We’re in a transition,” said Chocola, a former congressman from Indiana. “You have people who are creating some chaos because they think that Republicans ought to stand for what Republicans say they’re for, and they’re willing to fight for that, and that it is better to fight and lose a battle but continue with the war.”

    Viguerie left little doubt that movement conservatives intend to prevail over more pragmatic Republicans, telling Newsmax:

    “I’m very, very encouraged now because with the arrival of Obama and the tea party, conservatives at the grassroots level are engaged. They see the problem out there, and it’s entirely possible within the next three or four years conservatives can take over the Republican Party and govern America.”

    Viguerie predicted the president’s healthcare reforms will be the central issue in the 2014 elections, adding, “It’s going to propel a lot of conservatives to election victories.”

    He said Democrats will soon begin to exert “enormous pressure” on Obama to delay Obamacare until after the 2014 election. But he doubts they’ll be successful.

    Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.

    “The Democrats realize now that what looked like a big victory a week or so ago may turn into ashes in their mouth,” he said.

    Viguerie is a strong supporter of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial race against former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

    Cuccinelli is a favorite of movement conservatives owing to his staunch opposition to the president’s healthcare reforms. But polls show McAuliffe is leading the race by nearly 8 points.

    For Cuccinelli to win, Viguerie said, he will need to take his campaign back from his consultants and focus his message on a few key issues, such as Obamacare and the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

    Making the election a referendum on those two issues, he said, would give the Cuccinelli campaign a big boost.

    Viguerie advised other GOP candidates to follow a similar course in 2014.

    “Republicans will have a big victory as long as we don’t have those Republican consultants pushing forward moderate, big-government-type policies. People will reject that,” he said.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/viguerie-republican-primary-conservatives/2013/10/22/id/532522?ns_mail_uid=3895931&ns_mail_job=1542827_10232013&promo_code=15445-1#ixzz2iYMHBCj6
    Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!

  33. foxyladi14
    October 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What a hero that guy MaAfee is.

    What a contrast between him and that pock faced beedie eyed subhuman who runs/ran Google.

  34. Kurtz is utterly useless. He is no asset to fox. Why do we need one more Obama loving inside baseball handicapper spewing the party line. Whenever I read his junk, I know even less than when I started. It is gruel.

  35. Scam WARNING!!! spread this every where

    PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR RECEIPTS – THIS IS IMPORTANT AS YOU START YOUR SHOPPING FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS BEFORE LEAVING ANY CASHIER’S STATION!!!!! THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!! It happened at a Wal-Mart Supercenter a month ago. I bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, & I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of $40. I told her I didn’t request a cash back & to delete it. She said I’d have to take the $40 because she couldn’t delete it. I told her to call a supervisor. Supervisor came & said I’d have to take it! I said NO! Taking the $40 would be a cash advance against my Discover & I wasn’t paying interest
    on the cash advance!!!!! If they couldn’t delete it then they would have to delete the whole order. So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order & rescan everything! The second time I looked at the electronic tab before I signed & a cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier & she deleted it. The total came out right. the cashier agreed that the electronic pad must be defective. (yeah, right!) Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad wasn’t defective because she NEVER offered me the $40 at the beginning. Can you imagine how many people went through before me & at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed? Just to alert everyone. My coworker went to Milford , DE Wal-Mart last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn’t give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt and the cashier was annoyed and gave it to her. My coworker didn’t look at her receipt until later that night. The receiptuntil later that night. The receipt showed that she asked for $20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK! My coworker called Wal-Mart who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank and her niece told her This is a new scam. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in line. Please, please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards! This is NOT limited to Wal-Mart, although they are the largest retailerso they have the most incidents. I am adding to this…. My husband and I were in Wal-Mart North Salisbury and paying with a credit card. When my husband went to sign the credit card signer, he just happened to notice there was a $20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she canceled it. We didn’t think anything of it until we read this email. I wonder how many “seniors” have been, or will be, “stung” by this one???? BEFORE LEAVING THE CASHIER’S STATION!!!!! CHECK YOUR RECEIPT

  36. All The President’s Bad News Gatekeepers
    Comments
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    Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:18am
    Kathleen Sebelius CNN Interview

    Kathleen Sebelius is insistent that no one told Obama prior to October 1 that testing and evaluation had indicated healthcare.gov likely would fail.

    Not even as a government “shutdown” was looming over the issue of delaying the individual mandate for a year? Even though an inoperable healthcare.gov website would justify the Republican position? Even though a failure of the website would be a major embarrassment?

    HHS chief: President didn’t know of Obamacare website woes beforehand

    President Barack Obama didn’t know of problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website — despite insurance companies’ complaints and the site’s crashing during a test run — until after its now well-documented abysmal launch, the nation’s health chief told CNN on Tuesday.

    In an exclusive interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked when the President first learned about the considerable issues with the Obamacare website. Sebelius responded that it was in “the first couple of days” after the site went live October 1.

    “But not before that?” Gupta followed up.

    To which Sebelius replied, “No, sir.”

    This all sounds eerily familiar:

    WaPo IRS Scandal No One Told Obama

    Senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, learned last month about a review by the Treasury Department’s inspector general into whether the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, but they did not inform President Obama, the White House said Monday.

    Holder: No Petraeus security breach, so Obama not told:

    USA Today Obama not told about Petraeus

    The FBI investigation into former CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell found no apparent threat to national security, so there was no reason to notify President Obama or Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

    White House: Biden, Obama unaware of security requests:

    Politico Obama unaware of security requests

    Josh Rogin reports at The Cable that President Obama and Vice President Biden were never personally made aware of requests for additional security at the Benghazi consulate and the Tripoli embassy in Libya….

    Being unaware is a convenient excuse, almost as convenient as still blaming Bush almost 5 years after Obama took over The White House.

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  37. Why don’t these fucking big media hacks ask a decent follow up question. All that the goulish Gupa wanted to establish was that Obama did not know therefore he is innocent. I mean just because this is his signature legislation does not mean he is responsible for its faulty execution. If he his not enough of a manager to ask the question do you see any problems with the execution, then why didn’t Sebelius not volunteer that information, by email or otherwise. Gupa never asked that question, by that is the question that counts. If you knew there were problems, wasn’t it your responsibility to advise him. If she is telling the truth, then this points to an even deeper level of dysfuntion, particularly when you see the same pattern when prior scandals have come up. Big media protects him by ignoring the obvious follow-up question.

  38. This goes back to Drucker and Management 101. The duty of a subordinate is to make the boss look good, and in no event to allow him to be surprised. If any of this is true, then he has no effective subordinates. That too is a management problem. One that big media hides. Now we hear this crap from that loser Peerrrs Morgan that big media has not been tough enough on Obama. How about big media is as corrupt as the rest of Washington and does not want the American People to know what is going on. In other words, it is not that they have been too easy, rather it is that they have been too corrupt to do their jobs. Ergo we should not listen to them.

  39. foxyladi14
    October 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Scam WARNING!!! spread this every where

    THANK YOU FOXY!!!! It seems like every year a new con emerges, and the only thing that anyone can really do about it is be ultra vigilant. I was at a Big Lots last year buying a few things and I saw the cashier printing two receipts from customers with a lot of purchases and keeping the second receipt. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I later found out that he was involved in a scam where he was charging certain items twice and then he and a subordinate were taking the extra item he charged the customer from Big Lots stock and selling it on the street. I found out because a guy came up to me with some computer equipment that I decided not to buy from that store!

    Thanks again for the heads up!!!!!! 😀

  40. Where’d the money go?
    One developer calculated the Obama administration blew enough cash on the Obamacare website to pay a technician $200 an hour for 5,000 years.
    MyFOXDC reported:

    Despite more than three years to get the job done, the administration unveiled the Obamacare website despite a number of warnings that it wasn’t ready for prime time.

    That report from the Washington Post was released just after President Barack Obama held a campaign-style event at the White House to promote the health law and address its shortcomings…

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23754228/experts-stunned-at-cost-for-healthcaregov-website-development#axzz2iUOo73QT

  41. Had it been any other president touting and selling a product as ferociously as Obama has with ACA, it would be reasonable to assume he’d asked for and received a preview session of the wondrous thing. But this one has less curiosity than GWB.

    I’m thinking the programming code was assembled in a manner similar to the way legislation came together. For certain the “housekeeping” parts are AFU. How else would a wife turn into a child? Truly it may be impossible to walk back, then point it to where it needs to be. So it’s likely better to begin again. This time with a plan.

    Enter Rubio to fill the ACA void with immigration deform? I’ve just returned from the Walmart I usually shop in. It was vibrant with excited voices speaking in Spanish. A first over my years here. That’s Rubio and cohorts prepping them as Breitbart suggested yesterday. Honestly, “the people” have been worn to the bone by these bullies, and truly have earned a rest. A time to restoke, gather strength and will to defend the principles Congress was hired to promote.

    Now I really need to read this post to see how far off admin’s message I have gotten.

  42. Solid presentation, admin and I agree about HRC. The right-wingers who surround my twitter account might have to shut up somewhat if they found her on their side.
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    Americans For Prosperity is looking to 2014.
    Next wave of Obamacare war: Ads to hold lawmakers ‘accountable’
    By Maeve Reston
    October 23, 2013, 11:40 a.m.
    As it wages a state-by-state battle to limit the reach of the nation’s healthcare law, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity is launching a $2-million ad buy to hold congressional lawmakers “accountable” for their votes on Obamacare.
    AFP is launching the first round of the new television ads Wednesday in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and California, where they are targeting Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego, a freshman Democrat.
    Some of the ads are intended to reward lawmakers who have consistently advocated for the law’s repeal, including those thanking Florida’s U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland and Colorado’s Rep. Mike Coffman. Others mark a first foray into the 2014 campaigns, such as those targeting Arizona’s U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and Peters, who is facing one of the tightest races in California in his district along the San Diego coast.
    …AFP, which is now active in 34 states and expanding its ground organization to include Louisiana, spent $7.5 million on ads earlier this year featuring young mothers who talked about their worries about how the law would affect their families. The largest buys were in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alaska and Texas.
    The new ads will run over the next three weeks and be supplemented by radio ads, phone banking and door-to-door canvassing….
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-conservative-group-airs-obamacare-ads-20131023,0,7140433.story#axzz2iZYX7yNw
    Includes video which I’ve not watched.

  43. Breaking : So Bambi has been spying on Angela Merkel’s personal mobile phone and she is pissed off mad.

  44. wbboei
    October 23, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This is the kind of stuff that jackass Kurtz should be writing about. Not the worthless tripe he offers up.
    ________________________________

    Yep!!! 🙂

  45. So Dems know the shitstorm coming and are trying furiously to introduce bills to delay Obamacare…….lol, what a fuckin mess.

    Hang em High.

  46. Hilariously….

    Dems now proposing mandate delay that 2 weeks ago was extortionist terrorist demand when made by Republicans.

    You could not make it up.

  47. This is hilarious, watch the news to see the rats scrambling to Delaying individual mandate & delaying mandate penalty.

    Its like Pop up ducks on tv right now from Dems.

  48. Here we go: HHS official hints at extending ObamaCare enrollment period as Joe Manchin drafts bill to delay…

  49. Hahaha its all going to shit…..

    Front Page of Sludge Drudge Report…….

    OBAMACARE MANDATE ‘MAY BE DELAYED’

  50. Ted Cruz must be laughing his ass off. Idea of his to delay Obamacare is now being floated round by Dems as their idea, this is just piss yourself laughing material……

    Don’t they realise if they delay, even bigger shit is gonna happen……This is just so fucked up now.

  51. moononpluto
    October 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm
    So Dems know the shitstorm coming and are trying furiously to introduce bills to delay Obamacare…….lol, what a fuckin mess.

    Hang em High.
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    so true…and the worst is yet to come…

    signing up will be the easy thing to overcome…the “people” still have no idea what awaits them in terms of cost and enormous deductibles…

    …and then the stories are going to start surfacing about the hackers, the hundreds of scammers already laying in wait to strike…and their victims who fall into their trap as fake Ocare helpers…

    …this on top of the hundreds of thousands of people who as of just today have lost the insurance they were happy with….300,000 lost Blue Cross coverage in Florida alone today…

    this is when the —- will really hit the fan…(so many think a free ride is coming)

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    how I wish Hillary would align with Dr Ben Carson and really propose ideas that are realistic and useful to helping people with health care…

    Dr Carson just went on about how all the actual treatment and relationship for healthcare between the doctor and patient has been taken away and now is dictated by the government and the insurance companies…

    this is so screwed up…I hope when Hillary enters the ring she comes in free from the drug and insurance scammers and relies on medical people to guide her…

  52. btw…wasn’t it interesting that O and the WH had a big pow wow with the insurance executives today to discuss “health care”

    …that just about says it all…here come the greedy, corrupt insurance mucky mucks to make sure their deals don’t get messed up because of O and his incompetence…

    …where is the world does this have anything to do with health care?
    where are the actual medical voices?

    …this is so obvious a business deal cut between O and the drug and insurance companies and everyone with political skin in the game…unions, congress, O’s buddies…well, they can make room to give them a waiver…but not the rest of us suckers…we are still left stranded and responsible not only for the bill to pay for this mess and all the mistakes made, but we will get penalized on top of it…

    unbelievable…

  53. This is why I say the great divide in this country is between Washington elites and the American People, and the only way that will change is with a third party. It does no good to elect RINOs because they are the mirror image of their corrupt DINO counterparts. And RINOS AND DINOS control the two party system and they represent the political class and are the sworn enemies of the American People. I doubt this will have any effect on the sheeple. To say they have their head up their ass would be a guiness book understatement. We are the most corrupt nation in the industrial world, and the source is Obama, Holder, et. al. The top five officials in the Justice Department were Obama bundlers, and after the 2010 defeat they targeted the donors to the tea party. This dilemma cannot be resolved within the existing party structure.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/10/23/Peter-Schweizer-On-Hannity

  54. Jebediah is the Pillsbury dough boy. He is as vapid as it comes. As usual, Andrew McCarthy is spot on.
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    Jeb Bush Joins the Cruz Bashers — Suggests Surrender as ‘Common Ground’

    The GOP establishment pillar Jeb Bush dropped in on ABC News over the weekend to bash Ted Cruz and the conservative campaign to stop Obamacare. (Memo to self: Maybe if conservatives called it the campaign to “abort” Obamacare, Beltway Republicans would be less confrontational.)

    As if the last 40 years of American history, including the presidential administrations of his father and brother, had never happened, Bush urged that Republicans must:

    [W]ith civility, have a dialogue about the bigger, more pressing issues, and try to find common ground. Rather than use each instance of a possible crisis to win a political point. We need to start solving problems….

    Does it get any more vapid? Were there two more civil gentlemen on the planet than Presidents Bush 41 and 43? They were none the less savaged by the Left and its media. In opposing socialized medicine (as in other things) Ronald Reagan, too, was a model of civility, as is Sen. Cruz; yet for both rabid attacks were, and have been, the order of the day – coming from both the Left and the Republican establishment.

    The press fawns over Democrats who demagogue conservatives as “terrorists” and “hostage-takers,” and over Beltway Republicans who deride conservatives as “wacko-birds” and “tea party hobbits.” Obviously, political strife in modern America has nothing to do with a lack of civility. It owes, instead, to the lack of common ground – not the inability to explore common ground but the non-existence of common ground.

    We are not arguing here about the speed-limit on interstate highways or whether the ashy storm-petrel bird rates Endangered Species Act protection. With Obamacare, statists are trying, as President Obama has put it, to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Conservatives, by contrast, want to conserve the United States as constitutionally founded, which means preserving the individual and economic liberties that statists are effacing. There is no meaningful common ground between these polar opposites.

    The statist side is enthusiastically championed by Democrats, and the conservative side by Republicans, albeit more reluctantly. Like the Democratic party, the GOP is run by Washington-oriented politicians and, thus, is more enamored of Washington-centered fiats than is the conservative base whose support Republicans need in order to be politically viable. In the vogue of establishment Republicans, Jeb Bush ostensibly directs his “Can’t we all just get along?” preachments at the Republican-Democrat divide. Clearly, though, as an all-but-formally-announced contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nod, he is more vexed by the widening disconnect between Republicans and conservatives.

  55. Update: Those making calculations for 2016 better listen to our warnings and the sooner the better. Our warning is partially but insufficiently being listened to by those up for election in 2014. Here we go: HHS official hints at extending ObamaCare enrollment period as Joe Manchin drafts bill to delay mandate. There are already the necessary six Obama Dimocrats (Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan, Begich, Shaheen, Manchin) lined up to pass a bill in the Senate designed to help them avoid responsibility for their ObaminationCare votes.

    Our advice for Republicans remains the same as before. Now that Obama Dimocrats running for election next year try to punt ObaminationCare until after next year’s elections – just like Barack Obama avoided the ObaminationCare implementation before his reelection – Republicans should not fall into this ploy and instead take our advice: “Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It“. “Ram it right down Barack Obama’s throat in 2014. Kill ObamaCare before it kills you.

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  56. White House set to announce ObamaCare delay?

    By: John Hayward
    Human Events
    10/23/2013 08:25 PM

    RESIZE:

    Some White House sources are disputing the report, but here’s what NBC News claimed via Twitter on Wednesday night that the President “ntends to delay the deadline requiring every American to buy health insurance by as much as 6 weeks.”

    Well, what do you know? The Republicans won the shutdown battle after all.

    Of course, if this report holds up, it will most likely be a wave of His Majesty the King’s imperial wand that grants this dispensation to his unworthy serfs, not anything to do with representative government, the separation of powers, or any of that old powdered-wig stuff from our bygone Constitutional past.

    After an apparently disastrous meeting between White House officials and congressional Democrats today, there has been much buzz about some sort of delay, to give the Administration more time to fix the disastrous $400 million website it created. Some have suggested the delay would simply be a matter of moving back enrollment deadlines to mid-March. There have been anecdotal reports that the famed ObamaCare “navigators” are already telling people the deadline is in March, although it’s actually in February. Since they don’t seem to do much except read scripts – they’re basically human error messages – maybe they were given revised scripts already, in preparation for the new policy. (Or maybe they were just giving misleading answers.)

    It’s tough to see how such a brief delay would make all that much of a difference, or how the enrollment deadline could be fudged without throwing off the rest of the Affordable Care Act, particularly if we’re supposed to believe the individual mandate and its tax/penalty are not being delayed.

    Earlier today, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia – no stranger to stunts aimed at fooling his constituents into thinking he’s not a party-line foot soldier, most famously by shooting a pile of cap-and-trade legislation with a rifle – declared he was working on a bill to delay the individual mandate by a year. More details from Roll Call:

    Republican Marco Rubio of Florida is working on legislation to delay the mandate indefinitely — which Manchin’s office says the senator does not support — and it’s entirely possible the GOP could push for a delay provision to be included as an amendment vote to the next moving vehicle, using Manchin’s effort as leverage inside the Dome and as political fodder outside it, from entities such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The Rubio bill would delay the mandate for six months after a Government Accountability Office certification that the healthcare.gov website is working.

    It’s not yet clear what the Manchin legislation would look like. Manchin’s office only would confirm that it’s being discussed and the senator is looking for co-sponsors.

    “He believes that this year should be a transition year and the penalty should not be imposed. He does believe that individuals should still be able to sign up for the exchanges if they want,” Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said in an emailed statement.

    Of course, two of the three immediate crises plaguing ObamaCare are that (1) not many people want to sign up, and (2) most of the people who do want to sign up, can’t. By now, frustrated ObamaCare customers have realized that President Obama played them for fools at his Rose Garden press conference by telling them to call the toll-free help line number. You can’t really “shop” for insurance that way, the phone line isn’t working much better than the website… and the people who answer the phone have to use the broken web system to render any meaningful assistance. Calling 1-800-F1U-CKYO (that is the actual number) just leaves you sitting on speakerphone while somebody else fails to use the website you can’t log into.

    The third immediate crisis of ObamaCare is the death spiral: the financial ruin awaiting insurance companies if a very large number of young and healthy people don’t buy into the system and pay exorbitant premiums. Quite a large percentage of the meager “enrollments” we’ve heard reports of are actually low-income applicants getting shifted into Medicaid, which is a huge burden on the taxpayer, but won’t do anything for the insurance companies that sell ObamaCare policies.

    If the individual mandate is delayed for a year, there will be zero pressure on young revenue targets to buy into the system. In fact, healthy people would be foolish to buy insurance at all, since they’re guaranteed coverage if they develop a “pre-existing condition.” It’s an open question whether the private insurance providers could stay in business for a year without the individual mandate. Their prospects aren’t currently looking all that good even with it.

    The other delay proposal emanating from Democrats was floated by Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. As reported by Politico, she’s looking for some kind of “extended enrollment” escape hatch, instead of calling for outright delay:

    Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling on the White House to extend Obamacare’s open enrollment period amid continued frustration with the troubled HealthCare.gov.

    “The difficulty that people in New Hampshire and in other states that are relying on the federally facilitated marketplaces are experiencing is incredibly frustrating and disappointing,” Shaheen wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. “For over three years, we have been waiting for the creation of the health insurance exchanges, which now in their fourth week of existence, are riddled with problems.”

    [,,,] “Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll,” she wrote. “As website glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans. I also fear that people that have tried, and failed, to enroll online may become frustrated and not return to the website to try again at a later date.”

    Isn’t that adorable? She wants “clarification” about whether the White House intends to respect the “settled law of the land,” as they’ve been fond of calling it.

    Since the Democrats just shut down the government to thwart the very delay they are now entertaining, while insulting their opponents as “terrorists,” “hostage-takers,” and “arsonists,” I’d suggest Republican leaders tell them the deal is now between 100 percent repeal of ObamaCare, and 100 percent enforcement of the entire law as written and passed, no waivers and no exceptions, including the employer mandate Obama violated the law to reschedule. Really, there’s no way to save this disaster with piecemeal delay efforts, and no reason anyone should want to. There’s certainly no reason to allow the Democrats to weasel out of taking responsibility for the disaster they’ve created. And as I recall Barack Obama saying once upon a time, the people who created a disaster shouldn’t do a lot of talking while repair efforts are under way.

    Update: I’ve seen some reports that what the White House is actually doing is “clarifying” the existing policy, a typically messed-up Orwellian nightmare in which individual mandate victims theoretically had until March to enroll, but were actually in trouble if they didn’t register a purchase by February. The idea now is to clarify that people really do have until March to get signed up. It’s as twisted and confusing as everything else related to the Affordable Care Act, so it sounds plausible. The modest shift in deadlines, as mentioned above, won’t likely be enough to make a difference for resolving the technical “glitches,” and we’ll be deprived of the entertainment of watching anguished health care purchases scream that they were told they had until March, but were getting socked with the tax/penalty after a February cutoff date they didn’t know about.

  57. ObamaCare is a Trojan Horse for Socialized Medicine

    Barack Obama traveled the country promising that ObamaCare would lower the cost of health insurance and increase availability to healthcare. But it has had the opposite effect: Health insurance costs are skyrocketing. Doctors are dropping out of the healthcare market in droves, and HMOs are firing doctors by the thousands.

    But this was no surprise to Obama’s central planners. They knew that health insurance premiums would skyrocket for most Americans. They knew that doctors would drop out of the healthcare market in droves. They knew that most would opt out of Obamacare and pay the fine.

    And they know Obamacare will eventually collapse.

    With Obamacare and the entire healthcare industry in shambles, the public will clamor for single-payer, socialized medicine that will eventually put everything­insurance, doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical equipment­even our own bodies­under the all-wise control of government.

    It’s called stealth socialism.

    Moving the country to socialized medicine step by step.

    And the real goal: a communist utopia, with everything owned by the government, including our very own bodies…

    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/obamacare-trojan-horse-socialized-medicine/#kX4rBAcCquxfC7df.99

  58. CBS is, literally, the dog that did not and does not bark where the Obama Administration is concerned.

    The subject is corruption in Washington.

    Today, we have 20% real unemployment. Today we have a political class living large on the tax payer dime. Today we are rated as the most corrupt of the industrialized nations.

    Today, we have an Administration which is a puss pocket of corruption. Today we have a big media which refuses to talk about it. And today we have a big media that savages any politician who mentions the word reform.

    And, sadly, as big media goes, so goes 44% of the public. Some of them become sub human snarling beasts who despise this nation. Others become ignorant lambs led to the slaughter.

    Along comes man who writes a book exposing this corruption. He proves to a moral certaintly that Mr. Hope and Change is driving this corruption, and that it is rampant in Congress too.

    Along comes CBS in their ace investigative reporting program 60 Minutes. They interview the writer. They focus on the corrupt machinations of a few obscure members of Congress. (How daring of them). And they totally ignore the rampant corruption which emanates from the Obama Administration.

    I shall not scruple to say that CBS is corrupt to the core along with the other big media counterparts. They are a disgrace to their profession. They are the worst insofar as they pretend to be purveyors of the truth but are in fact propagandists of the lowest order.

    Not for nothing did the touretts afflicted Matthews announce in 2008 our job in the media is to make Obama successful. In taking that position, big media traded the role of journalist for the role of propagandist. So when this Piers Morgan jackass offers the lame excuse big media has been two easy on Obama, the obvious rebuttal is not that they have been too easy but too corrupt to expose the massive corruption which they are most definitely a part of.
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    On Wednesday, Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer slammed President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Washington for using “milker bills” to extort campaign contributions, which are often used to subsidize their lavish lifestyles.

    Appearing on CNBC’s Kudlow Report, Schweizer said so-called “milker bills” in Congress had “nothing to do with the dairy industry” and were all about “milking donations and lobbying gigs for family and friends.”

    As Breitbart News has reported, in Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, Schweizer details how lawmakers in Washington’s permanent political class extract campaign contributions from donors to subsidize their lavish lifestyles. Some of Schweizer’s research about these “slush funds” from congressional “leadership PACs” was revealed in a 60 Minutes exposé on Sunday.

    Schweizer emphasized that if the political economics is looked at, “there is not a lot of money to be made by fixing problems.”

    “You gotta create fear in the mind of a powerful industry or constituency group,” Schweizer said.

    He obliterated Obama’s White House for using a “double milker bill” in which the White House used the Stop Online Privacy Act to pit two powerful industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—against each other.

    Schweizer said campaign fundraising went up fivefold after Silicon Valley thought the Stop Online Privacy Act would pass.

    “Boy, did they deliver,” Schweizer said of Silicon Valley.

    Schweizer said Hollywood was eventually furious when the Obama administration announced it would not support the bill only after a lot of Hollywood donors had maxed out.

    “It’s legal extortion,” Schweizer said. “You don’t have to say anything; it’s apparent to people what’s going to happen.”

    Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets was released on Tuesday and is No. 12 on the Amazon’s list of top-selling books as of this writing out under Obama.

  59. admin
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  60. Schweizer emphasized that if the political economics is looked at, “there is not a lot of money to be made by fixing problems.”

    “You gotta create fear in the mind of a powerful industry or constituency group,” Schweizer said.

    He obliterated Obama’s White House for using a “double milker bill” in which the White House used the Stop Online Privacy Act to pit two powerful industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—against each other.
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    They talk about how polarized this nation is today. It is partly because of this cynical exploitation of fear by the political class. This is why a third party is the only option. To assume the system can be performed from within is to take on the proverbial problem of The Horse of the Aegean Stable. The problem was they could produce horse manure faster than Hercules could clean it up, therefore his efforts where in vain. The only way institutional corruption can be cured is from the outside. And it cannot be cured by yet another oversight committee. You can see how easy it is for an agent of corruption like Elija Cummings to thwart legitimate investigation into a wide range of topic vitally important to the American People such as the IRS abuse, the DOJ abuse, the Benghazi force. It is a futile there as it would be to charge someone like CNN with cleaning out the attic. It has to be done, and can only be done through an outside force. In the hypothetical at bar, it was done by FOX. And in the present case, it will never ever ever happen unless we have a third party. Let me say it one more time: Never. It is too damned entrenched. And I say that in perfect confidence, mindful of the position taken by the estimable Madison Group who claims on their website that we can reform the system with only two more leaders like Cruz and Lee. That is wishful thinking which fails to recognize how systemic the problem is. By my lights they along with Sarah would be the leaders of a third party. How close the system must come to crashing before effective, as opposed to cosmetic, reform can be instituted remains to be seen.

  61. I despise what is happening now–the pile on against Sebilius, when we all know she is being made the scapegoat for the sins of Obama, Jarrett, big media, big business, big data–AS IF SHE WAS THE CORE PROBLEM AND WHEN AND IF SHE RESIGNS THE PROBLEM WILL BE SOLVED. Whether or not she resigns, she is not the problem. She is just a bit of a fool, and I am sympathetic to her for that, but only up to a point. It is the pinata party that big media is having at her expense that I object to because it provides cover to the aforesaid parties who are the ones that are really at fault. Howie, bless his little heart, gives us the wisdom of the ages, that this is how Washington works. Nothing else Howie. Tell us something we don’t know. Your vague indictments against the media are akin to the ravings of Mad King Lear, but we all know they are safe, since they are not directed at Republicans, and they do not jeopardize your access to those wonderful media bashes which you all love to attend, so you have something some useless artifact of group think to parrot in your column the next day. Question: is a toothless Media critic really value added?

  62. What a delight to see a gigantic phone of Hillary on Drudge, made my day.

    RE: Foxy’s post:
    Hillary Clinton Turns Tables On Heckler In Buffalo
    Coming Together As Citizens ‘Doesn’t Include Yelling,’ Clinton Says

  63. photo of Hillary

    I just hate it when the typos appear after you pulled the trigger on the ‘post comment’, and even if the page doesn’t reload for a the longest seconds on the planet…you see your uncorrected typo about to make it’s debut in history.

    So annoying…

  64. wbboei
    October 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Question: is a toothless Media critic really value added?

    Wbb,

    You seem to be a soothsayer. (Still waiting on that book! And don’t let a ghost writer write it for you unless that writer is admin) To appear even-handed to the general public with an eye on public polling, an article that praises bumbles with glowing words under a title that questions his integrity is crap. Yet, over and over again, that is what the media has been reduced to. That is what the sheeple get to read and hear. It is such a waste. To think that we still have 3 years of this mess to still deal with is a recipe for depression. What is so nice is that internationally the shine is off. Leaders from other nations are that are our traditional allies are questioning our integrity. That is a shame. Shame on the electorate for re-electing crap. Such is the path we now must follow.

    May we all make it to 2017.

    Hillary 2016

    http://news.yahoo.com/spy-claims-send-allies-complaining-obama-055930442.html

  65. Nobody I know is saying this, but what Obamacare really is, in addition to a massive transfer of political power from the individual to government is a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the underclass. That is what those subsidies are all about. If you make more than X amount then your health care cost doubles and over time probably triples. If you make less then there is a regressive scheme of government subsidies paid by taxpayers which makes your insurance affordable.

    I have this fool friend of mine who is a retired radiologist. He says that he is old enough to remember when medicaid was first introduced and the hue and cry it engendered from his fellow physicians. He says now it is accepted, and life goes on. I complimented him for taking the broad perspective, and then I asked him whether he was at all troubled by the fact that medicaid is going bankrupt. He changed the subject. In 2008, I worked this guy pretty hard to vote for Hillary. In the end he did not and gave a lame excuse that Bill would be in control. He does not like Bill. But now he says that Hillary has demonstrated through her service as SOS that she is her own person. I asked him whether he was troubled by Benghazi. He told me he was not.

  66. What is so nice is that internationally the shine is off.
    ————————–
    Yes, that is good. But it also carries with it certain consequences. With this fucking asshole Obama at the helm, our partners and allies alike are discovering that American is not the indispensable nation, and that realization carries with it many adverse consequences with respect to world order, reserve currency, etc. Machiavelli asked the question whether a Prince is better off being loved or feared. He never considered the question of how a nation fares, then the boob who is the head of state is incompetent, cowardly and unprincipled. Yes, we are making history alright—history of a different kind. And addendum to the works of Machiavelli, dealing with a prince who lacks all the essential qualities of leadership, squandering the wealth of his nation, and protected by courtier courtesan hacks of big media.

  67. George Soros joins Ready for Hillary national finance council

    George Soros, the billionaire investor, philanthropist and backer of liberal causes, has signed on to be a co-chair of the national finance council for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC mobilizing support for a possible White House bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    “George Soros is delighted to join more than one million Americans in supporting Ready for Hillary,” Michael Vachon, Soros’s political director, said in a statement. “His support for Ready for Hillary is an extension of his long-held belief in the power of grassroots organizing.”

    The commitment by Soros – announced by the super PAC Thursday — represents another heavyweight endorsement for the group, which was started earlier this year by Clinton supporters.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/24/george-soros-joins-ready-for-hillary-national-finance-council/

  68. RE: Why the dumb ass HellCare website is a geeks nightmare-

    Investigation by congress talks to the contractors that made the site:

    [snip}

    Slavitt blamed the administration, saying that a late decision to require consumers to create accounts before they could browse health plans contributed to the overload. “This may have driven higher simultaneous usage of the registration system that wouldn’t have occurred if consumers could window-shop anonymously,” he said. [So, Barry wanted all the personal data before anyone could even look at the plan…no surprise there]

    Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., chairman of the panel’s health subcommittee, said he wants to focus on the administration’s decision not to allow browsing, or window-shopping. That’s a standard feature of e-commerce sites, including Medicare.gov for seniors. Lack of a browsing capability forced all users to first go through the laborious process of creating accounts, overloading that part of the site.

    “Who made that decision? When was it made? Why was it made?” Pitts asked.

    Acknowledging what’s been obvious to many outside experts, the administration said Wednesday that the system didn’t get enough testing, especially at a high user volume, before going live. It blamed a compressed time frame for meeting the Oct. 1 deadline to open the insurance markets. Basic “alpha and user testing” are now completed, but that’s supposed to happen before a launch, not after.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20131024/DA9KIA100.html

    If you have ever made a website from scratch, or used code to develop a program…you know what ciaos it creates if the client decides at the last minute to change the entire layout structure of the product.
    They think it’s like adding a new bell to your tricycle. No wonder the website is a disaster.

  69. ” is a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the underclass.”
    *******
    The “underclass” has become the excuse for the transfer of wealth from the middle class to major corporations. Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Retail Grocers Asso., etc. spend millions lobbying for increased food stamp spending. Pharma spent more than $100 million to get Obamacare passed. “Social welfare” programs have become huge taxpayer funded money laundering operations.

  70. *******
    The “underclass” has become the excuse for the transfer of wealth from the middle class to major corporations. Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Retail Grocers Asso., etc. spend millions lobbying for increased food stamp spending. Pharma spent more than $100 million to get Obamacare passed. “Social welfare” programs have become huge taxpayer funded money laundering operations.9+
    —————-
    Correct: all you need to do is follow the money.

  71. Leanora
    October 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    George Soros joins Ready for Hillary national finance council

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    Just wondering if you think this info is important because Soros is hot on Hillary’s heals, wanting to join the bandwagon.

    Or because you want to attach the sink of Soros onto Hillary?

  72. Interesting? My arse.
    Hazleton, Luzerne County- The Hazleton Area Habitat for Humanity is in an interesting situation.
    There are plenty of homes, but not enough families to fill them.
    The group already has at least five homes to fix up, and there’s no waiting list to move in.
    Habitat for Humanity is looking for families in the Hazleton area with an income of 20 to 35-thousand, a decent credit score, and most importantly, some elbow grease.
    The Hazleton Area Habitat for Humanity is also looking for volunteers.
    You can call the office on South Vine Street for more information. (570) 459-6964
    108 S Vine St, Hazleton, PA 18201
    http://www.pahomepage.com/story/habitat-for-humanity-in-hazleton-puts-a-call-out-for-families/d/story/zKMeiSOqU0GF-g-T8BoDKg

    They’re waiting out the clock for Marco et al. Why work when it will be given?

  73. Headlines at Drudge this minute: THE HEARINGS: Health care site contractor gives testimony…
    ‘Even I couldn’t log on’…
    HHS predicted 28 minute sign up…
    Sebelius faces political challenge of a lifetime…
    Finger-pointing…
    ANGER…
    Pelosi: ‘Just fix it’…
    Dem slams hearing as ‘monkey court’…
    Troubles a sign of things to come…
    Millions of Americans Losing Health Plans…
    CAREFIRST to Drop 76,000 Customers…
    Senate Dems To Back Delay…
    Obama ‘Credibility Melting’…
    LIMBAUGH: OPT-OUT PENALTY CAN’T BE ENFORCED — UNLESS YOU GET TAX REFUND!
    OBAMACARE OPERATOR FIRED AFTER TAKING CALL FROM HANNITY…
    NSA MONITORED CALLS OF 35 WORLD LEADERS

  74. Obamacare Operator Fired After Taking Call From Hannity; Hannity To Give Her A Year’s Salary

    On the top of Thursday’s broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year’s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.

    —–
    The Republican’s should use this in their adds to show how anyone working for Obama will be treated if they tell the truth. They should get her permission and pay her handsomely for it.

    This is absolutely disgusting that they fired this young woman.

  75. Shadowfax
    October 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Leanora
    October 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    George Soros joins Ready for Hillary national finance council

    ­–
    Just wondering if you think this info is important because Soros is hot on Hillary’s heals, wanting to join the bandwagon.

    Or because you want to attach the sink of Soros onto Hillary?
    =================================================================

    Soros is one of the most powerful, well known and influential people on the planet, as well as one of the most wealthy. When he publicly announces his intention to support a candidate it is big news to many people. And that is why I posted it.

  76. Has anyone else had these problems in the past couple of weeks and recently?

    When I try to refresh the blog, it freezes my browser, and nothing works on any page for about 30 seconds or so…

  77. Maybe Big Pink can’t handle the loading of all the videos??? I don’t have this problem on any other site.

  78. …it is time to refer to so called ‘progressives’ and/or ‘liberals’ that do not want to examine Ocare problems as “the enabling deniers” sadly, people like Joan Walsh and Frank Pallone just want to call names but refuse to look at obvious problems with Ocare…

    Joan Walsh has become such an embarrassment…she claims not to be an Obot but is so reactionary to any criticism of O…she quickly resorts to calling critics “racist” and yesterday got her ‘opinions’ thrown righ back at her…in essence, she does not want liberals criticizing Ocare and “giving repubs cover” – she would rather focus on the constitutional crisis the repubs brought upon the country and basically ignore, or look the other way, in the face of any and all problems Ocare has…her attitude, is ‘sssh, don’t mention it, even if its true’…

    she resorts, like many dims, to the shallow analysis “that Ocare is already helping many people” when she must be oblivious to all the problems with the site, with the privacy issues, with the increasing cost to rural americans and the lack of doctors and available care for that high cost in rural areas…Joan does not seem to care that thousands and thousands of people that have actually lost their current insurance, insurance they were promised by O they could keep, they will lose the doctors O promised they could keep etc…but Joan gives no acknowledgement of any of this…

    Frank Pallone is another one that just repeats the same shallow analysis and becomes indignant when anyone points out security problems…”monkey court” he yells…god forbid, any repub dare say something like that…but Pallone gets away with it…and the rest of the dims sound like robots and clones as they all repeat the same talking point “fix it, don’t nix it”

    …the dims don’t give a damn if Ocare has problems, if it will make costs go up, if it will penalize people, will force people to lose their current insurance plans, will lose their doctors, will incur higher taxes…all they care about is protecting O, demonizing the right and “winning” at any cost…

  79. It’s unfortunate Hillary will need Soros’ blessing as he is the poster boy for all that the far left stand for.

  80. [Cross posted] If any of you were wondering why CGI, then perhaps this is the reason:

    “More on the Obamacare Princeton Connection”

    “Look, as I said below, I don’t want to cast aspersions at anyone. I just want someone in the media to notice some connections.
    CGI Federal is the company that was hired by the Obama Administration to design the online health insurance exchanges for Obamacare. The reported price tag is more than $600 million.
    Obamacare was signed into law on March 30, 2010.
    According to this bio, Toni Townes-Whitley was hired by CGI Federal in May 2010. Her expertise is not technical, it is “business development.”
    Toni Townes-Whitley was a Princeton classmate of the first lady, Michelle Obama, in the Class of 1985.
    Is it improper to ask the question whether Ms. Townes-Whitley was hired precisely because of that connection and to leverage that connection into getting CGI Federal a big chunk of the Obamacare business?
    Has anyone reviewed the White House visitor logs to see if she and Michelle Obama have met?
    Is there anyone in the media who thinks these might be interesting ‘news’ stories, given the ‘train wreck’ of the Obamacare website rollout?”

    http://theregularguybelieves.blogspot.com/2013/10/more-on-obamacare-princeton-connection.html

    ******************************************
    “Toni Townes-Whitley is Vice-President of Consulting Services at CGI located in Fairfax Virginia. CGI is among the largest independent information technology (IT) and business process services firms in the world. She has responsibility for CGI’s IT services, hosting and consulting business with Federal civilian clients. She joined CGI in 2010, after serving as Vice President for Global Public Sector System Integration and Consulting at Unisys Corporation. Toni also serves on CGI’s U.S.Cabinet which is responsible for driving the strategy and growth of the U.S. business.” [….]
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cfw/commissioners/tonitowneswhitley.htm
    Reply

  81. wbboei
    October 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm
    Hillary should should distance herself from Soros.

    He is evil incarnate.
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    This just scares the crap out of me. Is this how we can finally get elected our best and brightest? By selling our souls to the devil incarnate?

    Please, Hillary, turn your back on this egomaniac even though you didn’t our Egomanic in Chief.

  82. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/330549-clinton-nation-is-careening-from-crisis-to-crisis

    Clinton: US ‘careening from crisis to crisis’

    Hillary Clinton on Thursday night blamed lawmakers who govern by ideology for sending the country careening from crisis to crisis.

    Speaking at the 10th anniversary of the founding of the progressive Center for American Progress (CAP), Clinton said the group is needed now more than ever.

    “We are careening from crisis to crisis instead of having a plan bringing people to that plan, focusing on common sense solutions and being relentless in driving toward them,” she said.

    Specifically alluding to the government shutdown, Clinton derided the consequences when lawmakers use “scorched earth” tactics and operate in an “evidence-free zone.”

    Clinton made similar remarks during a speech earlier in the week.

    “We’ve seen unfortunately what happens in our public debate when they occur in what I do call an evidence-free zone, where people make claims and arguments that have no basis in evidence but which are ideologically motivated, when politicians choose scorched earth over common ground, families have felt the consequences,” she said, citing furloughed workers and kids kicked out of Head Start programs.

    Clinton, considered a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president if she runs, made no allusion to a political run in her short, 10-minute remarks.

    Clinton praised the group specifically for shining a spotlight on the healthcare debate.

    “In particular CAP’s efforts to put affordable, quality healthcare for every American back on the national agenda was essential,” she said.

    Clinton said CAP is influential around the world.

    “As I traveled as Secretary of State it was not uncommon for me to be asked about CAP, particularly by leaders who were hoping to have an infrastructures to support their views in their countries,” she said.

    John Podesta, the chair of the group, served as President Clinton’s chief of staff, while CAP President Neera Tanden is a former Clinton staffer from her presidential campaign in 2008 and her previous Senate race.

    Clinton is making back-to-back public appearances this week. On Wednesday, she gave a speech at the University of Buffalo and she will give another at Colgate University in upstate New York on Friday.

    “Happy birthday, thank you and lets keep going,” Clinton said, ending her speech.

  83. A bit OT, but it’s just nice to show how inept bumbles is. I say that tongue in cheek because wbb correctly pointed out that bumbles failings means that the cleanup at aisle 1600 Penn will have to include both bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Also, I think the media has sort of moved on from Snowden. Hooray!

    Some NSA spygate updates…

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5025224/nsa-spied-phone-lines-35-leaders-snowden-memo-guardian

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/obama-isolated-anger-builds-us-allies

    We are getting the upper-hand in Syria. Kerry is doing a great job!

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-administrations-worst-case-scenario-191038116.html

    Bumbles was given the Nobel Peace Prize for getting elected to END wars, and yet….

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/22/foreign-wars-america-fighting-yemen

    Hillary 2016

  84. Before Cruz took the stage as the event’s keynote speaker, Stein called Cruz the “one person in the Senate who stood up and was willing to tell the truth, was willing to do it until his last ounce of energy had left him, was willing to be mocked and belittled.”

    Stein was referring to Cruz’s effort to defund the healthcare law in the budget battle with Democrats that eventually led to the government shutdown.

    “When the history of how socialism was stopped in the United States of America is told, and it will be told at some point, it will be told, there will be a name that will be in gleaming gold ink and that will be Senator Cruz,” said Stein.

    “I’ll do my very, very best to keep my remarks under 21 hours,” quipped Cruz, adding, “21 hours is a long time, it’s a really long time – it’s almost as long it takes to sign up on the Obamacare website.”

    Reflecting back on the debate over the passage of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded, Cruz criticized Senate Republicans for not uniting with Republicans in the House.

    “Unfortunately, Senate Republicans didn’t unite, didn’t support House Republicans. Instead, a lot of Senate Republicans actively, vigorously, vocally attacked House Republicans,” he said. “That ensured the strategy could not succeed.”

    Cruz said Obamacare is designed to “collapse” and “destroy the private insurance market” for the 200 million Americans who are satisfied with their current private healthcare coverage.

    “There is a reason why President Obama and Harry Reid both say Obamacare is designed inevitably to lead to single-payer socialized health care,” Cruz said.

    “Once that happens, you can’t unscramble those eggs,” Cruz said. “The strategy of let’s do nothing, let’s let it all collapse, let’s let it all meltdown, jeopardizes the health insurance of all of those Americans who like their coverage, and once it’s broken putting it back is practically impossible.”

    Cruz vowed to continue the flight to stop Obamacare.

    “How is it possibly a responsible strategy to say, ‘well, let’s sit back and wait and let the entire private health insurance market be decimated and destroyed?’ I don’t think that’s a strategy that makes any sense at all,” Cruz said.

    Donald Trump, the winner of the American Spectator’s entrepreneurship award, praised Cruz in his speech.

    “Had they [Republicans] stuck together, you would have made one hell of a deal and you wouldn’t be in the position where you’re being criticized right now,” said Trump. “Hang in there, senator. It wasn’t easy for you, I can tell because I watched people, they were sniping at your heels and I’m not talking about the Democrats. So just keep it going.”

  85. Obama has angered the whole world.
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    Exclusive: Germany, Brazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies
    Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency’s intrusions into the online communications of foreigners, according to diplomatic sources familiar with the push.

    The effort follows a German claim that the American spy agency may have tapped the private telephone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of other world leaders. It also comes about one month after Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff denounced NSA espionage against her country as “a breach of international law” in a General Assembly speech and proposed that the U.N. establish legal guidelines to prevent “cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war.”

    Brazilian and German diplomats met in New York today with a small group of Latin American and European governments to consider a draft resolution that calls for expanding privacy rights contained in the International Covenant Civil and Political Rights to the online world. The draft does not refer to a flurry of American spying revelations that have caused a political uproar around the world, particularly in Brazil and Germany. But it was clear that the revelation provided the political momentum to trigger today’s move to the United Nations. The blowback from the NSA leaks continues to agonize U.S. diplomats and military officials concerned about America’s image abroad.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/10/24/exclusive_germany_brazil_turn_to_un_to_restrain_american_spies

  86. Look, I like arugula, classical music, and chardonnay as much as the next person, but does not the name Toni Townes-Whitley smack of upper class arrogance??

    “Dah-link, it’s been a dreaaaadfully boring affair, my Manolo Blahniks are just killing me”.

    trixta
    October 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    “More on the Obamacare Princeton Connection”

    Obamacare was signed into law on March 30, 2010.
    According to this bio, Toni Townes-Whitley was hired by CGI Federal in May 2010. Her expertise is not technical, it is “business development.”
    Toni Townes-Whitley was a Princeton classmate of the first lady, Michelle Obama, in the Class of 1985.

  87. Spying between friends ‘just not done’: Merkel 10/24/13
    AFP – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the target of US snooping on her mobile phone, said Thursday that such conduct between friends was unacceptable.
    “Spying between friends, that’s just not done,” Merkel said as she arrived for a two-day EU leaders summit where the growing spy scandal has hijacked the agenda.
    http://www.france24.com/en/20131024-spying-between-friends-just-not-done-merkel

    nary a word about preezy other than Marine 1 is landing in Prospect Park; he’s to appear at school he mentioned in SOTU; and later there are two fundraisers. A good day for the sick one as he gets to screw with us big time.

  88. Are they waking up? 😆

    “I felt it first hand when I was, you know, reporting on the presidential race,” Costello noted. “I mean President Obama’s people can be quite nasty. They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2013/10/24/cnn-anchor-admits-team-obama-can-be-quite-nasty-deal#ixzz2ik7UaZFt

  89. Shadowfax
    October 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Has anyone else had these problems in the past couple of weeks and recently?

    When I try to refresh the blog, it freezes my browser, and nothing works on any page for about 30 seconds or so…
    &&&&&&&&&

    Recently, when I click on embedded videos, I’ve usually gotten an error, and to try again later.

  90. foxyladi14
    October 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    16 million Americans will lose their current plans because of Obamacare
    &&&&&&&&&&

    But didn’t Mr. Wonderful promise that under Obummercare, “you can keep your existing plan if you like it”???

    Oh, that’s right, anyone should have known if he was telling the truth or not: his lips were moving.

  91. Leanora
    October 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    George Soros joins Ready for Hillary national finance council
    &&&&&

    Man, even Soros is on board with HRC?

    I mean, dont’t get me wrong, Hillary would gladly take his millions…

    Probably Team Liz Warren are huffing about this.

  92. Poor Barack Obama. He’s been wronged again. This time, the Obamacare health insurance program is hung up on major computer malfunctions, adding fuel to the blazing criticism that this first giant step toward universal care is a flop.

    “Nobody’s madder than me,” Obama declared while trying to explain why three weeks into the enrollment period, most consumers still can’t enroll. “I think it is fair to say that no one is more frustrated by that than I am.”

    Wait a minute — the president’s mad? And he’s frustrated? At whom? Himself?

    Obamacare is his signature and singular accomplishment, the thing that will define his legacy. His own administration was charged with designing the website and making sure it worked. And it doesn’t, despite spending $640 million on the healthcare.gov technology.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131024/OPINION03/310240002#ixzz2ikbldbD0

  93. NSA Chief: Reporters Must Be Stopped

    Accuses Media of Creating ‘Dramatic, Convenient Lie’
    by Jason Ditz, October 24, 2013

    NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander gave a long interview today with the Pentagon’s “Armed With Science” blog, calling on the world to find some way to stop international media outlets from reporting about his agency’s surveillance programs based on leaked documents.

    “We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that,” Alexander insisted, saying that the ability of media outlets to report on the NSA “just doesn’t make sense” to him.

    The focus of Alexander’s comments to the military blog was insisting that all media reports on the NSA were a “dramatic, convenient lie,” followed by an admonition for troops not to “give into the hype” and to trust the NSA unconditionally.

    http://news.antiwar.com/2013/10/24/nsa-chief-reporters-must-be-stopped/

  94. trixta
    October 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    ****************************

    that story between MO and Toni Townes-Whitley and all the wasted ‘gifted’ tax payer money…reminds me of all the ‘gifted’ wasted taxpayer money that went into the energy companies that O championed…and then they all went bust

    http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/18/president-obamas-taxpayer-backed-green-energy-failures/

    this admin is so reckless with taxpayer money…and they do not get called out on it…instead they just keep raising the debt ceiling so they can ‘gift’ more buddies with taxpayer money that goes into black holes…and we get stuck with the bills…and now the new ‘twist’ to the O admin…is that besides sticking us with the bills for their failures…they also now penalize us…

    How in the world does a President and one party get away with doing this in America?

  95. Jones,

    I am late to this party, but I wanted to say I NEVER thought of you as a bot. NEVER. I also was appalled at the attack on you, and more than a little surprised as to some of the commentators.

  96. Elderly Patients Losing Their Doctors Because Of Obamacare

    ObamaCare is making seniors sick.

    Elderly New Yorkers are in a panic after getting notices that insurance companies are booting their doctors from the Medicare Advantage program as a result of the shifting medical landscape under ObamaCare.

    That leaves patients with unenviable choices: keep the same insurance plan and find another doctor, pay out of pocket or look for another plan where their physician is a member.

    New York State Medical Society President Sam Unterricht is demanding a congressional probe after learning that one health carrier alone, UnitedHealthcare, is terminating contracts with up to 2,100 doctors serving 8,000 Medicare Advantage patients in the New York metro region.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/25/elderly-patients-losing-their-doctors-because-of-obamacare/

  97. …we are going to end up with ‘mandated healthcare’ with accompanying penalities…and no doctors to treat the patients…

    …it is time for the actual medical community to make itself heard…thousands of doctors will not be accepting medicare and medicade and opting for “boutique medicine” where they can remain independent and choose their patients…

    will the O admin outlaw doctors and start forcing them to see patients?

    …what an ugly and impractical mess doomed to failure…

    hey, joan walsh…what’s your answer to that?!

  98. “How in the world does a President and one party get away with doing this in America?”

    Yes, S, but I think it’s really both parties in a very corrupt two-party system, the graft is spread out so that each party gets a little something (but a little more if your party is in power).

    ***************

    “[…] but does not the name Toni Townes-Whitley smack of upper class arrogance??”

    LOL! It does, indeed, rgb44hrc! BTW, the buzz over the iternets is that both MO and Toni Townes-Whitley belonged to the Princeton Black Alumni Association back in the day.

  99. {i.e. internets]

    About the bidding — or NO-bid process – behind contracting CGI…:

    From The Washington Examiner October 13, 2013.

    “Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare website design”

    “Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut.

    Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.

    CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacare’s problem-plagued web portal.

    Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.” [….]

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/cgi-obamacare-website-contract-obamas-barack-michelle-crony-capitalism-or-poor-judgement-toni-mccall-townes-whitley-senior-vp-cgi-and-michelle-obama-princeton-alumnus/

  100. There’s more:

    [….]

    “Public records indicate that during this time, every quarter from 2010 through 2012, CGI Group itself was lobbying on “HUD housing management contracts.”
    Finally, there’s also a whistleblower lawsuit from a former CGI employee — who’d been recruited from HUD after overseeing the very Section 8 contracts CGI won — alleging that he was fired after refusing to go along with fraudulent plans to work around the bidding process. CGI denies the accusations, but has so far failed to get the case thrown out.”…Washington Post October 23, 2013

    “Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down?”…Citizen Wells

    “Now, I don’t get upset when foreign and national journalists fail to mention Tony Rezko, or the Daley boys, or how the Chicago machine plans to staff the Department of Justice, and the new Department of Homeland Casinos.”…
    John Kass, Chicago Tribune July 30, 2008

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/cgi-obamacare-website-contract-obamas-barack-michelle-crony-capitalism-or-poor-judgement-toni-mccall-townes-whitley-senior-vp-cgi-and-michelle-obama-princeton-alumnus/

  101. Obama team hits the road to promote health law as site struggles
    “…Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, instead of testifying at a hearing on Thursday, visited an ObamaCare call center in Phoenix where she also rebuffed Republican calls for her resignation. “The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for, and who do not want this program to work in the first place,” she said.
    SNIP
    The visits are part of a multi-city tour by White House officials and Cabinet secretaries to “directly reach uninsured Americans.” They are hitting up cities with high rates of uninsured, where they will encourage people to sign up.
    Meanwhile, Obama is setting out on a series of fundraising stops Friday, heading to New York City for two Democratic Party events…” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/25/obama-team-hits-road-to-promote-obamacare-as-site-struggles/

  102. 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

    An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site.

    Japan’s Meteorological Agency raised a 3-foot tsunami warning for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, including Fukushima. It put the magnitude of the quake at 7.1. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.

    The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Saturday Tokyo time about 170 miles off Fukushima. Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant, ordered workers near the cost to move to higher ground.

    The tremor was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles away.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/10/25/73-magnitude-earthquake-hits-japan/

  103. SHAHEEN LEADS COALITION OF [D] SENATORS TO CALL FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT EXTENSION
    “…As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans,” read the letter signed by [Sen Jeanne] Shaheen [D-NH] along with U.S. Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM)….”
    http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=9a68e618-b3b0-41cb-a7df-0861a358c9f1

  104. Scary news, Leonora! Since the disaster, I’ve stopped consuming fish from the Pacific. The ever-growing nuke contamination is astounding! There has been a virtual media black out on story from the outset. Heck, when that dreadful tsunami hit a few years ago and the radiation fall out hit California, the authorities were busy upping the “acceptable levels” of exposure.
    I’m surprised the following article even appeared in HuffPo:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/01/fukushima-radioactive-plume_n_3853604.html

  105. trixta
    October 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    “How in the world does a President and one party get away with doing this in America?”

    Yes, S, but I think it’s really both parties in a very corrupt two-party system, the graft is spread out so that each party gets a little something (but a little more if your party is in power).

    ***************

    Trixta, I agree both parties are in a very corrupt two party system…and i have said that myself many, many times…in fact, I am dubious about how many repubs are really anti Ocare simply because of their coziness to insurance and drug co…

    however, in this case specifically of Ocare, it was rammed thru by O and the dims…in the dark of night with lots of shenaghins…something of this magnitude…with such an effect on the country, businesses, people and their personal lives and finances, doctor’s care, etc, etc…should never have been solely in the hands of O and his band of dims…

    and frankly, as soon as I saw Toni Townes-Whitley I knew something was up…

  106. trixta
    October 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    **************************

    so did Toni lie? because from what I watched yesterday I believe she said under oath that there was a competitive bid for the job she got?

  107. trixta
    October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    There’s more:
    ******************************

    Trixta, I cannot understand why we do not hear one peep out of the repubs re: this, frankly, explosive info…during the Clinton days, even a suggestion of this would be nonstop headlines and nonstop investigations…(still can never forget when they dragged Hillary to appear before the special prosecutor and grand jury)

    CGI should be put under a microscope right now…but instead, they are just continuing to bill the taxpayers to correct their mistakes…where is Joan Walsh and Carol Costello at CNN on this???

    why aren’t the dims and the media concerned about how the taxpayers are getting screwed?…because if they speak up, or started any real investigations they would be threatened and probably lose their jogs

  108. I always liked her….

    Now Sen McCain really has pissed off the Missus……good for her, she’s a good woman, always has been.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/25/john-mccain-gets-petitioned-on-gay-rights-from-his-wife/

    U.S. Senators get a lot of petitions and a lot of mail but not a lot from their spouses in an official capacity.

    But that’s exactly what happened Thursday when Cindy McCain signed a postcard petition sent to her husband, Sen. John McCain, urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.

    According to a story in the Washington Post, Cindy McCain was approached Thursday in a Phoenix Staples store by an organizer with the gay-rights group Human Rights Watch. The organizer, John Gomez, asked her to sign a post-card to her husband encouraging his support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

    Both Human Rights Watch and McCain’s office confirmed the story on Friday.

    “Senator McCain enjoys and appreciates having discussions on the important issues of the day with all the members of his family, and he respects their views,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement.

    The Non-Discrimination Act bill passed a Senate committee in July and may come soon to the chamber floor, writes the Post. John McCain, the five-term Republican from Arizona and 2008 Republican Presidential nominee, has not supported the legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on grounds of sexual orientation and identity.

    Cindy McCain has had very public disagreements with her husband over gay rights in the past. In 2010 she posed for a campaign supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

    …………….

    Is your wife so fed up with you, she is even sending you Petitions John…….I’d worry the Divorce papers were not next.

  109. Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

    Hudson said that investigator, Miguel Bosch, identified himself as a former air marshal official.

    But it wasn’t until a month later, on Sept. 10, that Hudson was informed by Bosch that five files including her handwritten and typed notes from interviews with numerous confidential sources and other documents had been taken during the raid.

    “In particular, the files included notes that were used to expose how the Federal Air Marshal Service had lied to Congress about the number of airline flights there were actually protecting against another terrorist attack,” Hudson wrote in a summary about the raid provided to TheDC.

    Recalling the experience during an interview this week, Hudson said: “When they called and told me about it, I just about had a heart attack.”

    She said she asked Bosch why they took the files. He responded that they needed to run them by TSA to make sure it was “legitimate” for her to have them.

    “‘Legitimate’ for me to have my own notes?” she said incredulously on Wednesday.

    Asked how many sources she thinks may have been exposed, Hudson said: “A lot. More than one. There were a lot of names in those files.”

    “This guy basically came in here and took my anonymous sources and turned them over ­ took my whistle-blowers ­ and turned it over to the agency they were blowing the whistle on,” Hudson said. “And these guys still work there.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/exclusive-feds-confiscate-investigative-reporters-confidential-files-during-raid/#ixzz2ip7cWlfc

  110. Watch Out Virginia – Bloomy Is In Town!
    =========

    YES, VIRGINIA: There Really is a Conspiracy to Take Your Guns, Courtesy of Bloomberg and McAuliffe

    Apparently, having billions of dollars in disposable income and being the mayor of America’s most populous city (and let’s face it, a place with problems of its own) isn’t enough to keep billionaire Michael Bloomberg busy. We’ve often reported on his antics here in the Commonwealth of Virginia (see here, here, and here, for example), and we can thank him for at least one pro-gun law being on Virginia’s books.

    To no one’s surprise, the billionaire buttinksi is back and throwing his considerable fortune behind an attempt to defeat NRA “A”-rated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and to elect NRA “F”-rated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election. Unfortunately for Bloomberg, while his money can buy a huge amount of negative advertising attacking Cuccinelli, it cannot alter basic facts. Even the Washington Post, normally a far friendlier outlet for McAuliffe and Bloomberg than the NRA, had to call foul at an ad Bloomberg is running that tries to fault Cuccinelli over the so-called gun show loophole. In its fact-check of the ad, the Post awarded Bloomberg’s super PAC, “Independence USA,” three well-deserved Pinocchios for bending the truth.

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/10/yes-virginia-there-really-is-conspiracy.html

  111. Wanna have the best laugh of the year……

    Who does the White House bring in to save their precious website?

    A Bain consultant. Jeffrey Zients.

  112. moononpluto
    October 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I always liked her….
    ————–
    1. No wonder John is thinking aloud about another term. If wishes were horses, Cindy would run in his place?
    2. Have a good day, Mitt!
    ########
    Two videos of Megyn Kelley on Ocare. First one is a great montage of the promises complete with long shot of Corzine standing prominently in background. Second is a discussion by Megyn with Kirsten Powers.
    http://therightscoop.com/boom-megyn-kelly-does-killer-report-on-obamacares-broken-promises/

    Countdown to Halloween: 5 days.

  113. Obama Can’t Blame the Republicans This Time [But Sebelius already has]
    by Kirsten Powers Oct 25, 2013 [As you already know, Powers way misunderestimated lengths to which this WH will go]
    SNIP
    Obamacare supporter Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) complained Thursday on MSNBC that the administration “[hasn’t] leveled with the United States Senate. They haven’t briefed us on what they think are the underlying problems. They were supposed to do so yesterday, and canceled the meeting.”
    He called for a consideration of a one-year delay of the individual mandate and demanded: “The administration needs to tell us what is going on…[they need] to level with the American people. There needs to be fuller, fairer, more straightforward, and complete accounting for what’s going on.”
    That’s the understatement of the year.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/25/obama-can-t-blame-the-republicans-this-time.html

  114. Is your wife so fed up with you, she is even sending you Petitions John…….I’d worry the Divorce papers were not next.
    _________________________________

    😆 Moon and then the rubber room at the happy farm, Because he has clearly lost his marbles. 😆

  115. President Obama “has the responsibility to act” to stop deportations of illegal immigrants if Congress proves unable to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) argued in an interview published Friday.

    “There are devastating effects if the Congress of the United States cannot enact comprehensive immigration reform – then the president of the United States has the responsibility to act to defend those immigrants which he says he wants to provide safety and justice for,” Gutierrez told Salon.

    In 2012, the Obama administration announced it would stop deporting some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they enrolled in either college or the military and did not break any laws.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/330603-dem-rep-obama-has-responsibility-to-stop-deportations-if-congress-does-not-act?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

  116. Maybe this will do more than other articles have to set the Tea Party Record straight.
    10/24/13. KUHNER: Unfairly tarring the Tea Party
    …It is bizarre, bordering on the perverse, that a movement that believes in limited government, individual rights, equality under the law and a colorblind society is called racist by the very party and ideologues responsible for the most heinous sins in American history. Liberals are resorting to slander and crass emotionalism because deep down, they know one simple truth: The Tea Party is right….

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/24/kuhner-unfairly-tarring-the-tea-party/

    And until it is set straignt, ObamaCare must continue to be opposed until IRS- no really of of The Hill – has been scrubbed of this notion.

    Guess we need to hope those cases admin monitors for us come through.

  117. I knew it would be Bushes fault. 😆

    KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing. We did not have the luxury of that with a law that said it’s go time on October 1st and frankly a political atmosphere where the majority party at least in the House was determined to stop this any way they possibly could including shutting down the United States government. So it was not an ideal atmosphere.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/10/25/sebelius-we-didnt-test-obamacare-website-because-republicans

  118. What do you think of Her? 🙂

    It’s a name you might not have heard very much of unless you live here in New York… yet. But a lot of people have been not too quietly talking about the higher political aspirations of New York’s junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. There’s been buzz about her as a possible Vice Presidential nominee or cabinet pick, and some of the more rabid fans already want to draft her to skip over Hillary (whose seat she inherited) and run for the brass ring in 2016. She gets frequent face time on the cable news shows – no small feat when you work with Chuck Schumer, trust me – and is one of the Democrats’ fundraising stars despite her very junior status.

    It’s not hard to understand, at least for Democrats. With a background as a litigator, a face made for TV, two terms in the House and a few years in the Senate it’s not a bad resume. But if she gets too ambitious, voters will be reminded that Senator Gillibrand has a lot of history out there waiting to be explored. There’s a very lengthy piece this week at National Journal (yes… yes.. I know, but bear with me) which should be a must read for watchers of national politics.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/26/how-kirsten-gillibrand-changed-her-political-stripes/

  119. With the November Revolution of 2008, which gave us one party rule for two years, the Progressive Democrat party saw their chance and they took it. Within the two years it took for the people to realize they needed some balance the Progressives passed ObamaCare which effectively gives government control of 1/6 of the economy. They passed Dodd-Frank which gives them extensive control over the financial sector. When they couldn’t push Cap-N-Trade even through a rubber-stamp Congress the President imposed it by executive order. When they likewise failed to muster enough of their own hacks to pass the Dream Act once again it was imposed by fiat.

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/58826

  120. RE: CGI and MO’s former Princeton gal pal, Toni

    “[W]hy aren’t the dims and the media concerned about how the taxpayers are getting screwed?…because if they speak up, or started any real investigations they would be threatened and probably lose their jogs”

    ****************
    Absolutely, S! But notice how ever since Iran-Contra, both Parties (and respective Administrations) cover things up for each other. I was pissed when Clinton and the Dems only went so far when it came to the illegal funding of the Contras, etc. I guess getting to the bottom of things a la Watergate is not mutually beneficial to our corrupt Parties. Yes, Obamacare (based on the Heritage model for health “care”) was shoved down our throats by the Dems (rather than the Repubs), but that’s exactly the way this two-party system works by having unpopular programs & policies otherwise rammed through by the Party that should be against such programs & policies. AND without a watch-dog press we are doomed to keep repeating this corrupt manipulation.

  121. trixta
    {i.e. internets]
    About the bidding — or NO-bid process – behind contracting CGI…:


    We all know how well the president (lower case for the Fraud) performs when it comes to creating jobs in the US and fixing the economy…and to award an over 600 million dollar contract to build the HellCare website is gifted to the Canadians when we have our own Super-mega geek world in Silicon Valley is pretty amazing on the stupidity scale.

    Why would Barry neglect Silicon Valley when he held out his hand for money to these companies for the past five years?

    We all also know because there was some financial benefit to Barryboy. But what???

    — On the other hand, I am glad that this crapAss firm has exposed their and Barry’s ineptness, and Silicone Valley doesn’t have their hands in this HellCare fiasco.

  122. TheRock: Thanks for the reminder. I would have missed it entirely and would not be happy for having done so. Happy Birthday dear Lady at Big Pink.
    ###########
    Ulsterman has a writeup on this too.
    Evidently the man of the house cannot keep his house in order. So the lady has come to drain the swamp.
    Michelle Obama rips shutdown, defends Obamacare
    First lady Michelle Obama on Friday joined in the battle over Obamacare, talking up her husband’s health-care program after a rough rollout and taking on those behind the government shutdown.
    “When a small group of folks in Congress shuts down our government to try to shut down Obamacare, and we watch as our President stands strong, that’s not just some political fight in Washington — it is a battle about our most fundamental values and aspirations,” the first lady SNIP
    “Because there is something that all of you can do right now today to make a huge difference: You can write a check. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write a big old check. (Laughter.) Write the biggest check you can possibly write.”
    SNIP
    “I think it’s important for us to all remember who exactly is benefitting from this new law. They are folks who come from all across the country, who come from all different backgrounds and walks of life
    They’re the spouses of our veterans – folks who are working around the clock caring for their loved ones wounded in war, yet who don’t have insurance themselves.”
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/michelle-obama-rips-shutdown-defends-obamacare-98867.html?hp=t3_3

    I’m wondering why spouses of our wounded veterans do not have insurance. I recall in the case of Fort Hood with classification of workplace violence, their payouts were not sufficient for the care they needed and the whole family was suffering due to lack of funds. Is that what she’s blabbering about?

  123. com/mia-farrow/the-stain-on-obamas-soul_b_4164582.html

    snip President Obama’s critics have denounced his foreign-policy choices, which they believe have weakened the global credibility of the U.S. But Mr. Obama has managed to avoid scrutiny about his most tragic foreign failure: standing by as Sudan’s Islamic regime perpetrates a slaughter against its own citizens who belong to non-Arab ethnic groups. Bashir continues a 10-year annihilation, slaughtering many tens of thousands, and very likely more. snip

  124. TheRock
    October 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Good Afternoon all!!

    Gotta go off topic here……

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be great to say PRESIDENT soon, but until then, I wish you long life and continued prosperity!

    Hillary 2016

    _____________________________

    Thank you Rock.
    Happy Birthday Hillary!!!! 🙂

  125. TheRock

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be great to say PRESIDENT soon, but until then, I wish you long life and continued prosperity!

    —I agree, Happy Birthday to the future, first woman President, Hillary Rodham Clinton!
    Stay healthly Hillary, rest up, you have a huge fight on your hands for 2016 and we stand with you!

  126. Noonan: ObamaCare Is Taking On Water

    It’s not just a buggy website, it’s a disaster of Titanic proportions.

    We should not lose The Headline in the day-to-day headlines. This is big history, not small. The ObamaCare rollout is a disaster for the White House, not a problem or a challenge or an embarrassment, not a gaffe or a bad few weeks. It is a political disaster, and the only question is whether it is partially recoverable, meaning the system can be made to work in a generally satisfactory way in the next few weeks. But—it has to be repeated—they had 3½ years after passage of the Affordable Care Act to make the program into something the American people could register for and feel they were benefiting from. Three and a half years! They had a long-declared start date: It would all go live Oct. 1, 2013, and everyone in the government, every contractor and consultant, knew it.

    The president put the meaning of his presidency into the program—it informally carries his name, it is his brand. It was unveiled with great fanfare, and it didn’t work. For almost anybody. Crashed systems, frozen screens, phone registration that prompted you back to the site that sent you to the 800 number, like a high-tech Möbius strip.

    All this from the world’s greatest, most technologically sophisticated nation, the one that invented the computer and the Internet. And from a government that is able to demand and channel a great deal of the people’s wealth.

    So you’d think it would sort of work. And it didn’t. Which is a disaster.

    Even though it’s huge, and those who are reporting the story every day are, by and large, seasoned and have seen a few things, no one seems to know how it will end. Because it’s new territory. Does anyone believe the whole technological side can be fixed quickly? No. The president may eventually accept a brief delay in implementation—it is almost unbelievable that he will not—but does anyone think that the economics of the ACA, the content as set out and expressed on the sites, will flow smoothly, coherently, and fully satisfy the objectives of expanding health-insurance coverage while lowering its cost? You might believe that, but early reports of sticker shock, high deductibles and canceled coverage are not promising. Does anyone think the president will back off and delay the program for enough time not only to get the technological side going but seriously improve the economics? No. So we’re not only in the middle of a political disaster, we’re in the middle of a mystery. What happens if this whole thing continues not to work? What do we do then?

    It hardly matters if anyone is fired. That’s the fifth paragraph in the Wikipedia history, or the 10th. Yes, a firing would be good democratic form, and it would acknowledge the idea of accountability—someone or some persons failed on a historic level and were removed. It would take some heat off the White House—”Look, we’re doing something!”—so it’s surprising they haven’t done it and odd the Republicans are clamoring for it. But who would want to be the new HHS secretary? Who would take that job?
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    Martin Kozlowski

    It was Bill Daley —accomplished political player, former commerce secretary and, most killingly, former chief of staff of President Obama —who Thursday, on “CBS This Morning,” admitted the scale of the problem. Asked whether Kathleen Sebelius should be fired, he said: “To me that’s kind of like firing Captain Smith on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.”

    The Titanic. Some will see his comments as disloyal. Actually they were candid and realistic. Although in fairness, the Titanic at least had three good days, and Edward Smith chose to go down with the ship.

    He didn’t deny the waters were icy; he failed to slow his ship, failed to show heightened concern. Mrs. Sebelius did not show overwhelming confidence in the days before the debut—there was no “God himself couldn’t sink this program.” She repeated her lines in a way that seemed almost furtive, appearing not confident but confused, and almost guiltily stubborn. Her message was almost always the same: There are no icebergs ahead.

    Norman Ornstein in National Journal this week reminds us of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus’s iceberg warning—actually “train wreck”—at a hearing six months ago, in April. He warned implementation of ObamaCare could be a disaster. He told Mrs. Sebelius: “I understand you’ve hired a contractor. I’m just worried that that’s going to be money down the drain because contractors like to make money more than they like to do anything else. That’s their job.” A lot of agencies are involved, he said, people are going to get confused, more simplicity is needed.

    He was right. I happened to reread his warning while the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned the four major contractors on the ObamaCare sites. The most pertinent query came from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who asked the contractors to put on paper, and under oath, exactly how much money they had made from the federal government so far, and exactly how much they stand to make now, as they fix the sites, and in the future.

    There are more questions on the failure to launch. Did Mrs. Sebelius and her top staffers know that the system was not ready and likely to fail? If they knew, did they not tell the White House? If they didn’t know, how did it happen that they didn’t? If the White House knew of the likelihood of a coming failure, why did they go full steam ahead? And if they didn’t know, why?

    Was there some degree of fabulism, or magical thinking, or reliance on blind luck within the White House and the greater administration? Many important people in the administration, and those contracting with it from the outside, would have had to ignore various signs of a coming failure. Did some of them know or have reason to know problems were both present and coming, and mislead or fail to inform their peers or superiors?

    And there is the enduring mystery of why the president, who in his career has attempted to persuade the American people to have greater faith in and reliance on the federal government’s ability to help, continues to go forward with an astounding lack of interest in the reputation of government.

    He talks but he doesn’t implement, never makes it work. He allows the IRS under his watch to be humiliated by scandal, waste, ill judgements prompted by ideological assumptions. He allows his signature program, the one that will make his name in the history books, to debut in failure. In response he says bland, rounded words that leave you wondering what just got said.

    We’re all reading of Jack Kennedy. He stayed up nights with self-recrimination after failure. “How could I have been so stupid?” he asked about the Bay of Pigs. A foreseeable mistake and he’d blown it, listened to the wrong people, made the wrong judgments. That man suffered over his missteps. He worried about his reputation, and the reputation of his government, and of America.

    It is disorienting to not see this in a president. It is another thing about this story that feels not only historic, but historically strange.

  127. Company behind Obamacare website in charge of nearly $2 billion in Sandy relief

    CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy.

    In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/26/company-behind-obamacare-website-in-charge-of-nearly-2-billion-in-sandy-relief/#ixzz2isB7QBLC

  128. Obama stops Smithsonian from displaying Armenian Genocide-era artwork for fear of irking Turks

    Turkey’s ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide is consistent with an unbroken Islamic supremacist pattern: never, ever admit wrongdoing; never, ever take responsibility for actions that cause harm; never, ever acknowledge that jihad actions (such as the Armenian Genocide) cause immeasurable suffering to human beings; always, always instead blame the kuffar who have the temerity to point out the wrongdoing.

    And Obama, who counts Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a friend, falls right in line.

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/10/obama-stops-smithsonian-from-displaying-armenian-genocide-era-artwork-for-fear-of-irking-turks.html

  129. I’m having trouble sorting all this out, but I know there are brighter minds than mine on this blog, so I’ll post it for anyone who is interested. Scroll down and see all the names involved in this. That should perk up your interest.
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    CGI: HealthCare.gov Not Their First Government Contract

    I saw a post yesterday about Valerie Jarrett’s daughter Laura and her husband, Tony Balkissoon, working for CGI. Neither works for them but in looking into it, I found some very interesting information about CGI.

    The HealthCare.gov website and the Exchanges are not CGI’s first contracts with the US Government. They have been involved with HUD since 1999. CGI holds many contracts with HUD. Check out this article By Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post.

    “CGI Federal landed the Healthcare.gov contract. Here’s how it fights for the ones it loses.”

    CGI Federal, arguably the key contractor behind the construction of HealthCare.Gov, has come under a fair amount of scrutiny over the past few weeks for its federal health-care practice. But that’s far from its only contract.

    HUD: Just another source of CGI’s contracts. (Lydia DePillis)

    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.be/2013/10/cgi-healthcaregov-not-their-first.html

  130. you want to talk drip by drip…here it comes…and suddenly California starts to wake up and smell the coffee…

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-health-sticker-shock-20131027,0,2756077.story#axzz2iwLYChXr

    Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out
    Many middle-class Californians with individual health plans are surprised they need policies that cover more — and cost more.

    By Chad Terhune

    October 26, 2013, 7:42 p.m.

    Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see.

    These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.

    Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama’s signature legislation.

    “This is when the actual sticker shock comes into play for people,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “There are winners and losers under the Affordable Care Act.”

    Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.

    Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don’t qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.

    “It doesn’t seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,” said Harris, who is three months pregnant. “This increase is simply not affordable.”

    On balance, many Americans will benefit from the healthcare expansion. They are guaranteed coverage regardless of their medical history. And lower-income families will gain access to comprehensive coverage at little or no cost.

    The federal government picks up much of the tab through an expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to people earning up to four times the federal poverty level. That’s up to $46,000 for an individual or $94,000 for a family of four.

    But middle-income consumers face an estimated 30% rate increase, on average, in California due to several factors tied to the healthcare law.

    Some may elect to go without coverage if they feel prices are too high. Penalties for opting out are very small initially. Defections could cause rates to skyrocket if a diverse mix of people don’t sign up for health insurance.

    Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

    “She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'” Kehaly said.

    Nearly 2 million Californians have individual insurance, and several hundred thousand of them are losing their health plans in a matter of weeks.

    Blue Shield of California sent termination letters to 119,000 customers last month whose plans don’t meet the new federal requirements. About two-thirds of those people will experience a rate increase from switching to a new health plan, according to the company.

    HMO giant Kaiser Permanente is canceling coverage for about half of its individual customers, or 160,000 people, and offering to automatically enroll them in the most comparable health plan available.

    The 16 million Californians who get health insurance through their employers aren’t affected. Neither are individuals who have “grandfathered” policies bought before March 2010, when the healthcare law was enacted. It’s estimated that about half of policyholders in the individual market have those older plans.

    All these cancellations were prompted by a requirement from Covered California, the state’s new insurance exchange. The state didn’t want to give insurance companies the opportunity to hold on to the healthiest patients for up to a year, keeping them out of the larger risk pool that will influence future rates.

    Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the state and insurers agreed that clearing the decks by Jan. 1 was best for consumers in the long run despite the initial disruption. Lee has heard the complaints — even from his sister-in-law, who recently groused about her 50% rate increase.

    “People could have kept their cheaper, bad coverage, and those people wouldn’t have been part of the common risk pool,” Lee said. “We are better off all being in this together. We are transforming the individual market and making it better.”

    Lee said consumers need to consider all their options. They don’t have to stick with their current company, and higher premiums are only part of the cost equation. Lee said some of these rate hikes will be partially offset by smaller deductibles and lower limits on out-of-pocket medical expenses in the new plans.

    Still, many are frustrated at being forced to give up the plans they have now. They frequently cite assurances given by Obama that Americans could hold on to their health insurance despite the massive overhaul.

    “All we’ve been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it,” said Deborah Cavallaro, a real estate agent in Westchester. “I’m infuriated because I was lied to.”

    Supporters of the healthcare law say Obama was referring to people who are insured through their employers or through government programs such as Medicare. Still, they acknowledge the confusion and anger from individual policyholders who are being forced to change.

    Cavallaro received her cancellation notice from Anthem Blue Cross this month. The company said a comparable Bronze plan would cost her 65% more, or $484 a month. She doubts she’ll qualify for much in premium subsidies, if any. Regardless, she resents losing the ability to pick and choose the benefits she wants to pay for.

    “I just won’t have health insurance because I can’t pay this increase,” she said.

    Most Americans are required to have health coverage starting next year or pay a fine of $95 per adult or 1% of their income, whichever is greater. The fines increase over time.

    A number of factors are driving up rates. In a report this year, consultants hired by the state said the influx of sicker patients as a result of guaranteed coverage was the biggest single reason for higher premiums. Bob Cosway, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman Inc. in San Diego, estimated that the average individual premium in 2014 will rise 27% because of that difference alone.

    Individual policies must also cover a higher percentage of overall medical costs and include 10 “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and mental health services. The aim is to fill gaps in coverage and provide consumers more peace of mind. But those expanded benefits have to be paid for with higher premiums.

    The federal law also adjusts how rates are set by age, a change that gives older consumers a break and shifts more costs to younger people. Rates by age can vary by only 3 to 1 starting next year as opposed to 6 to 1 in some cases now in California. People in their 20s just starting their careers may earn so little they qualify for subsidies. But that might not be the case for consumers who are slightly older and earning more.

    “It has the effect of benefiting people in their 50s and 60s and shifting costs to people in their 20s and 30s,” said Patrick Johnston, president of the California Assn. of Health Plans. “Benefits are being increased for all, but it’s not government subsidies for all. Some will pay more.”

    Rates would be going up regardless of changes from the healthcare expansion. The average individual premium will climb 9% next year because of rising healthcare costs and increases in medical provider reimbursement, according to Milliman’s estimates.

    Some consumer groups have questioned whether insurers are inflating their rates under the guise of the healthcare law changes.

    “We believe the prices are higher than they should be,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica advocacy group. “This is giving a bad name to the Affordable Care Act.”

    State regulators checked the insurance companies’ math and underlying cost projections for next year, but they don’t have the authority to deny increases. Under federal rules, insurers can be ordered to issue rebates if they don’t spend a minimum amount of every premium dollar on customers’ medical care.

    “The rates aren’t going up because insurance companies are pocketing more money,” Lee said. “That is what it takes to pay the claims and deliver the healthcare.” (let’s track the increase in insurance CEO salaries and profits and see if this proves true or false…what’s your guess!)

    Javier Lopez, 38 and a self-employed aerospace engineer in Huntington Beach, pays about $750 a month for an Anthem Blue Cross plan for his family of four. His premiums may rise nearly 20% next year for a new policy because his current plan is being phased out.

    Lopez says he’s willing to absorb that one-year jump if it means the government can rein in future rate hikes.

    “I’m hoping with this reform,” Lopez said, “we won’t see big increases year after year.”

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    Poor Javier Lopez…he doesn’t realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg…

    bottom line, as more and more people wake up to the fact that they have lost the insurance that they liked and had worked into their budgets…and now are being forced to pay for insurance they do not want…and cannot afford…the ‘unintended consequence’ of Ocare is going to create more and more people who are uninsured because they simply cannot afford the increases they would have to pay every month…or the freaking high deductibles they would have to pay before they even see any ‘healtcare’

  131. “Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

    “She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,’” Kehaly said.”
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    Who did she think was paying for this….the frigging Healthcare Fairy?????? And how the hell is this rocket scientist PRESIDENT of anything?

  132. My goodness . . . .

    They could have been Obama’s children . . .

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/27/WWII-Veteran-Robbed-and-Murdered-in-His-Driveway-Four-Teens-Arrested

    Word has it that Reverend Sharpton will post bail

    The Reverend has said the decedent was white, the ALLEGED attackers were black, therefore the homicide was justifiable.

    Put another billion in my offering plate says the reverend, so we can save more of Obama’s troubled children.

    Big media hides this from public view.

    They are the one permanent enemy of the American People.

  133. And now this has been discovered in obamacare. Wait until I show this to Hubby. 🙂
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    Tying the Knot Under ObamaCare

    The heinous intrusions into our lives as a result of ObamaCare swell each day. Now, in true Marxist form, the ludicrously named “Affordable Care Act” mounts an all-out attack on marriage.

    Under the bill, couples would face massive financial penalties if they marry or remain married. Conversely, couples who cohabit without marriage are given highly preferential financial treatment. If the Senate bill becomes law, saying ‘I do’ would cost some couples over $10,000 per year.

    In fact, the “… anti-marriage penalties and heavy ‘cohabitation bonuses [were] built into the Senate ObamaCare bill [.]'” Furthermore, “low income couples are not immune from the bill’s aggressive wedding taxes. A 60-year old husband and wife, each with an income of $15,000 would pay over $4,000 per year if they remain married. Put in other terms, the government would offer an annual bonus of $4,212 if the couple divorces and then cohabits.”

    (SNIP)

    Consequently, “an all-out war on ‘old and outdated’ institutions like marriage and family” is being conducted “so dominance of the state can be achieved.” In communist Russia this was euphemistically known as “unions of affection and comradeship.”

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/tying_the_knot_under_obamacare.html#ixzz2ivl8YdYm

  134. Ocare is hell on earth…

    …if the dims have any common sense at all they will realize the inevitable and that:

    (1) they should have read the thousands and thousand of pages in this mess

    (2) see all the ‘unintended consequences’ this is causing and cut their loses while they still can

    (3) realize they are going to end up with more people with no health insurance because the already ‘strained to the limit’ middle class does not have any “extra” money for this monstrosity

    (4) they are going to create more unemployment and a ‘part time workforce’

    (5) get rid of it and start all over again…and maybe take some of the ideas the opposition offers…

  135. oh…and one more thing…

    most of the reports that are actually getting a look at the numbers of people signing up for Ocare are finding that these are people who are signing up for medicare…

    …cha…ching! who, pray tell, is going to be able to afford this thing down the road…this is ridiculous…

    they are not going to get young kids to buy into this…this is a fantasy…

    …what was it that Bill Clinton said years ago…’this is one big fairy tale’

    this fairy tale will turn into a nightmare ending

  136. check that, most are signing up for medicade

    that should go over well since the majority of doctors are planning on not accepting medicade in the future…

    and if they live in the rural areas…tough luck…

    so they will be covered but have no doctors to treat them…brillant!

  137. “[…] and to award an over 600 million dollar contract to build the HellCare website is gifted to the Canadians when we have our own Super-mega geek world in Silicon Valley is pretty amazing on the stupidity scale”

    Truly! Ironically — or shall we call it poetic justice(!) — Silicon Valley who financed and pushed for The One’s election in 2008! Karma sure is a Biatch!

  138. CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy.

    In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/26/company-behind-obamacare-website-in-charge-of-nearly-2-billion-in-sandy-relief/#ixzz2ixRshIjK

  139. Nominating a former Kansas insurance commissioner, Kathleen Sebelius, to be secretary of health and human services was Obama’s first move. Kathy Greenlee, who worked with Mrs. Sebelius at the Kansas insurance commission and is now an assistant secretary at HHS, lauded the secretary: “Kathleen knows everything there is about insurance.”

    Insider Sebelius would be important in fostering the kind of relationships Obama needed to quell dissent among naysayers in the health industry. In August 2009, the Huffington Post reported that the president had hosted at least 27 meetings with some of the most influential private health-industry executives in the country “in an effort to placate or at least quiet potential opponents of reform in what remains a tenuous legislative process.”

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/towards_single-payer_were_almost_there.html#ixzz2ixWy4mhU
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  140. The Marine Corps has canceled plans for a unisex cap for male and female dress uniforms.
    ———————
    How dare they defy the Commander-the-Sneak—–************** forgive me please, the commander in chief, who according to his most recent biography, was not only on station with the SEALS when they got Osama, but was the invisible twelfth man on the field during the perilous but ultimately successful Inchon landing–and when they told MacArthur you can’t do it, Obama whispered in Doug out Dougs tin ear, yes you can. Wolfe and Ratboy Todd are in competition to inflate Obama into the inflatable rat hovering over the Ice Caps, melting them, and directing HAARP death rays at his adversaries, and valentines to Americas enemies. Yes, according those biographers he was also with Red Mike Edson and my friend General Lou Walt at Guadalcanal, and he was standing two feet away from General Simon Bolivar Buckner on Okinawa when the good general, who was the son of a Confederate general took a enemy projectile, and Barack put on his rosary and administered last rites. So . . . (what a fucking stupid way to start off every answer, like word salad Danny Wortheless, interim head of the IRS who is a slimeball, but a loveable one) when someone who is not of the faith asks stupid questions like—umm, why did you know nothing about Fast and Furious, why did no one inform you about the IRS targeting of your political opponents, why were you ignorant that Obamacare was not ready for prime time, why why why, it now becomes obvious that he was pre-occupied with other more important activities in theaters of war, and the buffoon who is always on the golf course rather than the White House is a double. Now, based on all that, heads may not have rolled over the aforesaid scandals which were misattributed to him, but inasmuch as changing the the unisex hats was his decision, whoever in the Marine Corps decided that they would not obey this command must be court marshaled. Lest the generations fail.

  141. Okay, I am going to say it one more time.

    This Obamacare debacle is a reflection on the political class and big media.

    Jointly and severally, they are a cesspool of corruption—and incompetence.

    Conservatives took a stand on this issue, and corrupt Republicans shot them down.

    The reason they did so was because they feared that it would expose their own corruption.

    They are protecting only themselves–NOT the American People.

    Now of course the political class as a whole are looking to make Kathleen S the scapegoat.

    This fucking Republican Brasso from Wyoming calls her a laughing stock.

    I am not laughing however because he was one of the RIONs who would not support Cruz.

    I abhor her politics, but I do not like to see them make a scapegoat out of Kathleen.

    There is no management in any department of this administration, and Obama never speaks to cabinet ministers.

    So how is this really her problem.

    If she leaves will the problem be solved.

    And here is the pivotal point: she did not select the contractor–Michelle did.

    So again, how is this her problem?

    The core problem here is three way corruption–between big media and the two parties.

    The only way this problem gets solved is through a third party.

  142. Well, here is the architect of Obamacare. He is the brother of Rahm Emanuel. I have a very viceral reaction to him.

    He is loud, abrasive, ideological, unresponsive, and at the conclusion of his eight minute diatribe he has the chutzpa to complain that he was not given enough time. To me he comes across as a Nazi.

    To think that our health care is now in the hands of a monster like this is chilling.

  143. I watched the video again and my reaction cooled down a little. But there is no denying that this guy is a bully, and that he is in a state of denial on what is happening. That makes him dangerous to the American People in the position he is in. It is shameful that people like this, and his brother make it so far up the food chain. They do alot of damage to alot of people along the way.

  144. This Obama care will hurt Obama and the dimocrat party. But I doubt it will save the Republican Party. There is no way the RINO can bring back the conservative. The RINO is an artifact of a corrupt system. Nothing he says can be believed. And he has disparaged conservatives. And they are not going to take it anymore. East is east. West is west. Rove may have the money, but he will not have the boots on the ground. You cannot win elections that way. The advantage will go to Hillary because conservatives will stay home. The faster the Republican Party goes the way of the dinosaur the better. You could spend 100 years trying to clean up the corruption in both parties and not get to the bottom of it. The ONLY answer is to start over–with bona fide conservatives and liberals who put the welfare of the nation before their own pocket books.

  145. I had a bad feeling about this guy Ben Cardin so I looked him up in wiki. My god, he never held a real job. His entire life has been in government. How can a guy like that possibly understand what a system of profit and loss is? How can he possibility understand what the real world is like. He is a test tube baby, who has grown into a test tube old man. What in the world can he possibly offer this nation of real value? He epitomizes everything that is wrong with our uber corrupt political class. He has that same drifty look about him as Patrick Leheay–a good friend of Cheney.

  146. S
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    “(1) they should have read the thousands and thousand of pages in this mess”

    _________________

    Yes. Their failure to fully inform themselves resulted in their being even more incompetent than usual.

    The fact that Obama failed to provide the information until the last minute is no excuse. If they lacked sufficient time to read, process, and understand the giant screw-up of a law, the vote should have been delayed until their was sufficient time. As usual the Dems did O’s bidding, and the Pubs rolled over and played dead.

    The Dims failed to serve the best interests of their constituents and of the country – opting instead, to serve Obama and the party. They may regret that decision next year.

  147. …here comes the “A Team”…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/hhs-says-obamacare-web-problem-on-sunday-linked-to-verizon-terremark-98913.html

    HHS says Obamacare Web problem on Sunday linked to Verizon Terremark

    The Obama administration is attributing Sunday outages on HealthCare.gov to technical failures by Verizon Terremark, the company operating the federal data hub.

    Visitors to the federal exchange were unable to access the website late Sunday. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said that’s because the private contractor running the data hub experienced a “failure in the networking component that brought down network connectivity to the site.”

    Visitors to the federal exchange were unable to access the website late Sunday. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said that’s because the private contractor running the data hub experienced a “failure in the networking component that brought down network connectivity to the site.”

    “Today, Terremark had a network failure that is impacting a number of their clients including HealthCare.gov,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. “Secretary Sebelius spoke with the CEO of Verizon this afternoon to discuss the situation and they committed to fixing the problem as soon as possible.”

    HHS said the failure is likely affecting other sites besides just HealthCare.gov and the federal data hub.

    The data hub is crucial for determining shoppers’ eligibility for health coverage and federal subsidies, transmitting their personal information from various federal agencies to the exchange.

    State-run exchanges were informed of the outage by the agency earlier in the day. Access Health CT sent out a release Sunday saying that customers couldn’t complete the sign up process for Medicaid or for subsidized coverage until the problem was resolved. They are able to create accounts and shop for coverage plans.

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    looks like Medicaid is getting shut off…hmmm

  148. Time here is limited because I’m in the midst of another postcard blitz. This time it’s tea party and irs and oh calling party teabaggers as early as 30 Nov 2013. While the card may not win a pulitzer, or even an A from a jr high english teacher, I’m hopeful it will strike a chord with congress.

    The early AM cruise brought an article which my cursory consideration tends to rate it “great”. However a polite yet stern warning which accompanied my first copy grab has limited me to one paragraph and also to utilization of the link as they requested it:

    …The president’s biggest mistake was to withhold resources from the exchanges before the November 2012 election. Fearing bad publicity, the Obama campaign did not want to attract attention to the unpopular law before polling day. Given that the exchanges require seamless interface between several federal agencies at the front end and scores of private insurers at the back end, they needed all the time they could get to test the system. The White House took that away….

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  149. S
    October 28, 2013 at 3:41 am
    “looks like Medicaid is getting shut off…hmmm”

    The states that were foolish enough to buy in and set up exchanges are getting massive Medicaid enrollment. I am sure they are freaking out. While the feds are supposed to pay for all of it for a while, the exchange states will still be stuck with part of the bill in a couple of years. With these kinds of numbers it is budget busting. Also since the verification of income, identity and other factors is dependent on a non-functioning federal interface many may be fraudulent or faulty and the states are now catching on. Did the states want it shut off? Are even the dumb asses saying make it stop?

  150. Summary:

    “If there is one investigative journalist left in Washington, D.C. who is not a court eunuch . . . Obama should be impeached for cluelessness. . .”

    “This isn’t funny. It’s quite horrifying and depressing. What we are witnessing is the disintegration of our country under the governance of an absolutely incompetent president and administration.”

    (Note: the problem of course he will not be impeached, because the corruption has reached epic proportions and afflicts the executive offices of big media to such a degree that the system must crash before the parasites can be driven off the back of the body politic on which they are all feasting, especially big media. I dread the inevitable.)
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    Obama Should Be Impeached… for Cluelessness

    Roger L. Simon (not to be confused with Roger Simon of Politico who is a well recognized COURT EUNUCH)

    @ PJMedia:

    When I read Sunday evening in the Wall Street Journal that Barack Obama was “unaware” until last summer that the U. S. spied on thirty-five world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, I was frankly stupefied. (Well, maybe not entirely stupefied, but at least semi-stunned.)

    No wonder Obamacare and practically everything else from foreign policy to energy policy is an unmitigated mess. This president and his administration have taken hands-off leadership and leading from behind to unprecedented levels.

    If there is one investigative journalist left in Washington, D.C. who is not a court eunuch for this abysmal administration, he or she should be jumping on that last line immediately. What we will soon have before us is a circular firing squad of historic proportions as the administration attempts to blame a rogue intelligence agency for the decline of America’s world reputation and vice versa.

    This isn’t funny. It’s quite horrifying and depressing. What we are witnessing is the disintegration of our country under the governance of an absolutely incompetent president and administration.

    Beyond that hopeless administration, however, is the larger question of what to do about the NSA and its mammoth spy capabilities. This is no simple question, considering the reality of murderous Islamic terrorism is still very much with us, perhaps even growing.

    It’s no easy task, but all of this will have to be worked out and rationalized so that private citizens can feel as if they are indeed private citizens — and our allies can again feel as if they are our allies.

    Toward that end, according to the same WSJ report, a government review in underway. As with most of these reviews, the committee consists of familiar names who can be relied upon not to rock boats and to protect the president:

    Its members include Richard Clarke, who was a counterterrorism chief for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush ; former Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Michael Morell ; University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey Stone ; former White House regulatory official Cass Sunstein ; and former Clinton and Obama administration economic and privacy official Peter Swire.

    Speaking of the president, and also in the WSJ, according to a spokesperson, “a report in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reporting Mr. Obama personally authorized the tapping of Ms. Merkel in 2010, and was briefed on it by Gen. Alexander, was false.”

    Well then, I say, impeach him for cluelessness.

    What exactly does our president do for a living? What’re we paying him for?

    Either the administration officials who leaked this information to the WSJ are lying or Barack Obama should be impeached.

    Forget “high crimes and misdemeanors.” For those you have to do something and be conscious. Barack Obama should be impeached for cluelessness.

    He was in the White House for an entire term and many months more without knowing what his biggest intelligence agency was doing to thirty-five of the most important people on Earth? Chance the Gardener from Jerzy Kosinki’s Being There lives — and he lives on Pennsylvania Avenue at our expense. It’s not fiction anymore. (Well, there is one difference. Chance was kind of sweet and passive while Obama is vindictive.)

    From the WSJ:

    The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

    Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that the U.S. government tapped the phones of world leaders. European leaders have joined international outrage over revelations of U.S. surveillance of Ms. Merkel’s phone and of NSA’s monitoring of telephone call data in France.

    The White House cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders, a senior U.S. official said. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet, officials said.

    The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them.

    Not practical to brief him on spying on Angela Merkel, et al? Do you believe that? If it’s true, it’s worse. The president is so incurious he might as well be playing golf all the time.

  151. As good as that article is, he misses half the problem. It is not just incompetence, it is corruption run riot, that is killing this nation. And there is no proactive remedy. When I hear that in a recent study that the US is at the bottom of the list of least corrupt industrial nations, the problem becomes obvious. But big media hides this study along with everything else because they are a central part of that discussion.

    I was watching the McLaughlin Group which used to interest me, in my then state of political ignorance. Now, it seems boring and dated. I happened to notice Mort Zuckerman, who I know something about from the days of the New York newspaper strike. The problem with Mort is he is one of the elites, and he is utterly incapable of grasping the world which exists outside his economic class and New York. John McLaughlin mentioned the name Ted Cruz, and Mort became unravelled. He said if the Republican Party which he does not belong to and has no business advising nominates Cruz they will be out of power for a generation. Obviously, he felt personally threatened by the idea that someone in the political class might represent those outside the elites and shine a light on their serial corruption.

  152. Obama Should Be Impeached… for Cluelessness
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    Were he even half a man, he would have been stopping by the lab where his “beloved” Obamacare was coming to life. He’d have asked for demonstrations – as in what’s new since I last was here? He’d have requested a seat at the keyboard to try it himself. Regularly.

  153. Definition: if a public figure accepts a political contribution and then buys a product or service from that contributor which does not benefit the nation, than that is crony capitalism and corruption writ large. None of this green energy crap that Obama paid for out of stimulus money to his contributors has benefited this nation. Ergo it is corruption. The dollars wasted on those illicit transactions were therefore unavailable for other uses which could have benefited the American People, instead of Obama and his legion of corrupt contributors.

    Moreover, to learn as we did recently, that FIVE of the top officials in the Obama Justice Department were Obama bundlers, AND that they used their public power for the private end of extracting money from industries who operate in a highly regulated environment and are told sua sponte that they will not be prosecuted for alleged infractions or the sentencing will go lightly if they contribute to Obama, or more harshly if they do not is yet another example of what I am talking about.

    And when a CBS does an expose on this corruption and interviews the author of that book, and they neglect to ask about corruption in the executive branch, why Roger L Simon’s observation about beltway investigative reporters being nothing more than court eunuchs is proven once again/

  154. holdthemaccountable
    October 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Obama Should Be Impeached… for Cluelessness
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    Were he even half a man, he would have been stopping by the lab where his “beloved” Obamacare was coming to life. He’d have asked for demonstrations – as in what’s new since I last was here? He’d have requested a seat at the keyboard to try it himself. Regularly.

    Just Please! Cluelessness? …even half a man?

    On the software alone, there was half a billion dollars in play don’t even imagine anyone but Obama directed a penny of it. We got stuck with they could pay for after every pay to play scheme they could think of fit got a cut. And they pushed the price tag up as high as they dared to screw us even better. They do not care if you think they are dumb, lazy, inept, clueless or any other harmless adjective that covers for fraud, graft or corruption – they rely on you thinking that even promote the idea that it is just innocent bumbling.

    They are corrupt root and branch !

  155. They are corrupt root and branch !
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    I am not so polyandrous as to suggest that corruption can be rooted out completely. I will merely suggest that when it reaches a certain level of pervasiveness, that it becomes a custom and usage as in does in the political system under this corrupt racist jackass Obama, then no effective reform movement is possible. The system must crash and all that will do is reshuffle the deck–the same thieves will come forward and reclaim the spoils. That is where we are headed and the elites dare not allow to be elected a politician like Cruz or Lee who would clean out the corruption. The elites revel in it and big media feeds at the same public trough that the corrupt elites do. If you have any inkling of salvaging the system, the first thing to go must be big media. They will oppose any legitimate reform element because they are themselves the direct beneficiary of the corruption. It would be a serious mistake to assign any conscience, or morality to these people. They are the enemy of the American People. Period.

  156. polyandrous????

    This is what happens with this goddamn spell check in word.

    The word I was trying to write was polyandra-like.

    For the record, I am not and never have been polyandrous–whatever that means.

    I am too agitated with the elites and big media and the rubes in the electorate to bother to look it up.

  157. CBS was determined to get Obama a second term, and censored their reporting accordingly. Since that is their game and knowing that their president is the brother of a key Obama figure, should cause any thinking individual to tune them out of his or her consciousness. They lie with impunity to their audience, and then come back after their candidate is elected and they tell the real story. Far from restoring their credibility as a news organization, all they have done by broadcasting the truth at this late date is further impugned their credibility in the eyes of anyone with a political IQ above room temperature. They were poorly advised by their lawyer. If the world is mum stay mum–and live with the consequences. Now they are a joke.

    ” That story was a lie when it was told–and it was a lie aided and abetted by the mainstream media, including CBS News and 60 Minutes, which could have exploded the administration’s YouTube video alibi even as Obama and Clinton were telling it to the families of the victims, to the voting public, and to the world. The Sunday night report is commendable, but as an attempt to atone for malpractice, it is far too little, too late.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/10/28/CBS-60-Minutes-Try-to-Atone-for-Benghazi-Cover-up

  158. If CBS–or any of the other members of big media believe they can atone for their behavior by starting to report stale news at this point, they might as well be inhaling choom along with their light of love Obama. It is too late. But just think back to what happened a month ago with the shut down of government: 100% of their energy went into promoting the White House narrative that this was all the fault of some wacko birds in the party, and when their reporters attended a press conference with Obama, nevery a one of them asked Obama a single question. They were and are mere stenograghers repeating without comment whatever he says, and looking for every way possible, from word twists, to false narratives, to paragraph structure and headlines to reinforce Obama’s position. To dismiss this a simple case of malpractice is to fail to appreciate what is really is, namely corruption. Unfortunately, the public does not care about the truth, and are perfectly content to swallow this gruel. The situation is pathetic.

  159. The incestuous relationship between the media and the current White House continues unabated.

    CBS News announced Monday that former Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley is joining the network as a contributor:

    Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley joins CBS News as a Contributor; it was announced by CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and CBS News President David Rhodes. His appointment is effective immediately.

    In this role, Daley will bring his vast experience in politics, business and economics to CBS News.

    How many Obama officials have taken positions in the news media and vice versa?

    I’ve lost count.

    *****Update: The Independent Journal Review reported last month that there have been 21 members of the media that have left their jobs to join the Obama administration.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/10/28/former-obama-chief-staff-bill-daley-joins-cbs-news#ixzz2j264WwGa

  160. In this role, Daley will bring his vast experience in politics, business and economics to CBS News.
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    AND BLATANT PARTISANSHIP AND LIES as well. Experience in exactly what? Chicago corruption???

  161. wbboei
    October 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

    It still wont let me: as in Pollyanna.

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    I am just cracking up watching you battle a spell-checker. 🙂 Same thing happens to me when I try to blog on an iPad. Ends up making me either sound like a nitwit or make even more typos than I normally do.

    What the Hell is so darn difficult making a spell checker that works? Micro$oft Word has been doing it for decades.

  162. When it comes to Obamacare, Democrats have every reason to accuse the House Republicans of bad faith. Still, yesterday’s Congressional grilling of the private contractors hired to build the healthcare.gov federal marketplace serves as a reminder that editorial writers’ endless calls for bipartisan cooperation should never be heeded. We need adversarial politics; for that, the more polarization the better. If not for those pissy Republicans, who would get to the bottom of the disastrous October 1st rollout of the Affordable Care Act? Not the secrecy-obsessed Obama, who makes Nixon look like a paragon of transparency. Not his make-any-lame excuse Democrats.
    Tea Party types love conspiracies. Obama is a Kenyan socialist. (So where’s the socialism?) 9/11 was an inside job. (But not a good one.) But sometimes conspiracies turn out to be true — even if they’re weren’t planned that way.
    The latest dastardly plot circulating among Tea Partiers is that the Obamaites deliberately screwed up the ACA websites to pave the way for their true agenda: socializing healthcare. (I use the plural because most of the online state marketplaces, developed based on consultations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are just as buggy and crashy as the federal one.)

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/25/1250564/-Via-Sarah-Palin-How-Obama-s-Idiotic-ACA-Might-Lead-to-Real-Healthcare-Reform

  163. What 50% of the electorate cannot understand–how they are manipulated and by whom:
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    Buying Brand Obama

    By Chris Hedges

    Barack Obama is a brand. And the Obama brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, our elected officials continue to have their palms greased by armies of corporate lobbyists, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia and our imperial wars expand in the Middle East. Brand Obama is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us. But like all branded products spun out from the manipulative world of corporate advertising, we are being duped into doing and supporting a lot of things that are not in our interest.

    What, for all our faith and hope, has the Obama brand given us? His administration has spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion in taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and insolvent banks in a doomed effort to reinflate the bubble economy, a tactic that at best forestalls catastrophe and will leave us broke in a time of profound crisis. Brand Obama has allocated nearly $1 trillion in defense-related spending and the continuation of our doomed imperial projects in Iraq, where military planners now estimate that 70,000 troops will remain for the next 15 to 20 years. Brand Obama has expanded the war in Afghanistan, including the use of drones sent on cross-border bombing runs into Pakistan that have doubled the number of civilians killed over the past three months. Brand Obama has refused to ease restrictions so workers can organize and will not consider single-payer, not-for-profit health care for all Americans. And Brand Obama will not prosecute the Bush administration for war crimes, including the use of torture, and has refused to dismantle Bush’s secrecy laws or restore habeas corpus.

    Brand Obama offers us an image that appears radically individualistic and new. It inoculates us from seeing that the old engines of corporate power and the vast military-industrial complex continue to plunder the country. Corporations, which control our politics, no longer produce products that are essentially different, but brands that are different. Brand Obama does not threaten the core of the corporate state any more than did Brand George W. Bush. The Bush brand collapsed. We became immune to its studied folksiness. We saw through its artifice. This is a common deflation in the world of advertising. So we have been given a new Obama brand with an exciting and faintly erotic appeal. Benetton and Calvin Klein were the precursors to the Obama brand, using ads to associate themselves with risqué art and progressive politics. It gave their products an edge. But the goal, as with all brands, was to make passive consumers mistake a brand with an experience.

    “The abandonment of the radical economic foundations of the women’s and civil-rights movements by the conflation of causes that came to be called political correctness successfully trained a generation of activists in the politics of image, not action,” Naomi Klein wrote in “No Logo.”

    Obama, who has become a global celebrity, was molded easily into a brand. He had almost no experience, other than two years in the Senate, lacked any moral core and could be painted as all things to all people. His brief Senate voting record was a miserable surrender to corporate interests. He was happy to promote nuclear power as “green” energy. He voted to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He reauthorized the Patriot Act. He would not back a bill designed to cap predatory credit card interest rates. He opposed a bill that would have reformed the notorious Mining Law of 1872. He refused to support the single-payer health care bill HR676, sponsored by Reps. Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers. He supported the death penalty. And he backed a class-action “reform” bill that was part of a large lobbying effort by financial firms. The law, known as the Class Action Fairness Act, would effectively shut down state courts as a venue to hear most class-action lawsuits and deny redress in many of the courts where these cases have a chance of defying powerful corporate challenges.

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    While Gaza was being bombarded and hit with airstrikes in the weeks before Obama took office, “the Obama team let it be known that it would not object to the planned resupply of ‘smart bombs’ and other hi-tech ordnance that was already flowing to Israel,” according to Seymour Hersh. Even his one vaunted anti-war speech as a state senator, perhaps his single real act of defiance, was swiftly reversed. He told the Chicago Tribune on July 27, 2004, that “there’s not that much difference between my position and George Bush’s position at this stage. The difference, in my mind, is who’s in a position to execute.” And unlike anti-war stalwarts like Kucinich, who gave hundreds of speeches against the war, Obama then dutifully stood silent until the Iraq war became unpopular.

    Obama’s campaign won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered at the Association of National Advertisers’ annual conference in October. The Obama campaign was named Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008 and edged out runners-up Apple and Zappos.com. Take it from the professionals. Brand Obama is a marketer’s dream. President Obama does one thing and Brand Obama gets you to believe another. This is the essence of successful advertising. You buy or do what the advertiser wants because of how they can make you feel.

    Celebrity culture has leeched into every aspect of our culture, including politics, to bequeath to us what Benjamin DeMott called “junk politics.” Junk politics does not demand justice or the reparation of rights. Junk politics personalizes and moralizes issues rather than clarifying them. “It’s impatient with articulated conflict, enthusiastic about America’s optimism and moral character, and heavily dependent on feel-your-pain language and gesture,” DeMott noted. The result of junk politics is that nothing changes – “meaning zero interruption in the processes and practices that strengthen existing, interlocking systems of socioeconomic advantage.” It redefines traditional values, tilting “courage toward braggadocio, sympathy toward mawkishness, humility toward self-disrespect, identification with ordinary citizens toward distrust of brains.” Junk politics “miniaturizes large, complex problems at home while maximizing threats from abroad. It’s also given to abrupt unexplained reversals of its own public stances, often spectacularly bloating problems previously miniaturized.” And finally, it “seeks at every turn to obliterate voters’ consciousness of socioeconomic and other differences in their midst.”

    An image-based culture, one dominated by junk politics, communicates through narratives, pictures and carefully orchestrated spectacle and manufactured pseudo-drama. Scandalous affairs, hurricanes, earthquakes, untimely deaths, lethal new viruses, train wrecks-these events play well on computer screens and television. International diplomacy, labor union negotiations and convoluted bailout packages do not yield exciting personal narratives or stimulating images. A governor who patronizes call girls becomes a huge news story. A politician who proposes serious regulatory reform, universal health care or advocates curbing wasteful spending is boring. Kings, queens and emperors once used their court conspiracies to divert their subjects. Today cinematic, political and journalistic celebrities distract us with their personal foibles and scandals. They create our public mythology. Acting, politics and sports have become, as they were during the reign of Nero, interchangeable.

    In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we do not seek reality. Reality is complicated. Reality is boring. We are incapable or unwilling to handle its confusion. We ask to be indulged and comforted by clichés, stereotypes and inspirational messages that tell us we can be whoever we seek to be, that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we are endowed with superior moral and physical qualities, and that our future will always be glorious and prosperous, either because of our own attributes, or our national character, or because we are blessed by God. Reality is not accepted as an impediment to our desires. Reality does not make us feel good.

    In his book “Public Opinion,” Walter Lippmann distinguished between “the world outside and the pictures in our heads.” He defined a “stereotype” as an oversimplified pattern that helps us find meaning in the world. Lippmann cited examples of the crude “stereotypes we carry about in our heads” of whole groups of people such as “Germans,” “South Europeans,” “Negroes,” “Harvard men,” “agitators” and others. These stereotypes, Lippmann noted, give a reassuring and false consistency to the chaos of existence. They offer easily grasped explanations of reality and are closer to propaganda because they simplify rather than complicate.

    Pseudo-events-dramatic productions orchestrated by publicists, political machines, television, Hollywood or advertisers-however, are very different. They have, as Daniel Boorstin wrote in “The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America,” the capacity to appear real even though we know they are staged. They are capable, because they can evoke a powerful emotional response, of overwhelming reality and replacing reality with a fictional narrative that often becomes accepted truth. The unmasking of a stereotype damages and often destroys its credibility. But pseudo-events, whether they show the president in an auto plant or a soup kitchen or addressing troops in Iraq, are immune to this deflation. The exposure of the elaborate mechanisms behind the pseudo-event only adds to its fascination and its power. This is the basis of the convoluted television reporting on how effectively political campaigns and politicians have been stage-managed. Reporters, especially those on television, no longer ask if the message is true but if the pseudo-event worked or did not work as political theater. Pseudo-events are judged on how effectively we have been manipulated by illusion. Those events that appear real are relished and lauded. Those that fail to create a believable illusion are deemed failures. Truth is irrelevant. Those who succeed in politics, as in most of the culture, are those who create the brands and pseudo-events that offer the most convincing fantasies. And this is the art Obama has mastered.

    A public that can no longer distinguish between truth and fiction is left to interpret reality through illusion. Random facts or obscure bits of data and trivia are used to bolster illusion and give it credibility or are discarded if they interfere with the message. The worse reality becomes-the more, for example, foreclosures and unemployment skyrocket-the more people seek refuge and comfort in illusions. When opinions cannot be distinguished from facts, when there is no universal standard to determine truth in law, in science, in scholarship, or in reporting the events of the day, when the most valued skill is the ability to entertain, the world becomes a place where lies become true, where people can believe what they want to believe. This is the real danger of pseudo-events and why pseudo-events are far more pernicious than stereotypes. They do not explain reality, as stereotypes attempt to, but replace reality. Pseudo-events redefine reality by the parameters set by their creators. These creators, who make massive profits peddling these illusions, have a vested interest in maintaining the power structures they control.

    The old production-oriented culture demanded what the historian Warren Susman termed character. The new consumption-oriented culture demands what he called personality. The shift in values is a shift from a fixed morality to the artifice of presentation. The old cultural values of thrift and moderation honored hard work, integrity and courage. The consumption-oriented culture honors charm, fascination and likability. “The social role demanded of all in the new culture of personality was that of a performer,” Susman wrote. “Every American was to become a performing self.”

    The junk politics practiced by Obama is a consumer fraud. It is about performance. It is about lies. It is about keeping us in a perpetual state of childishness. But the longer we live in illusion, the worse reality will be when it finally shatters our fantasies. Those who do not understand what is happening around them and who are overwhelmed by a brutal reality they did not expect or foresee search desperately for saviors. They beg demagogues to come to their rescue. This is the ultimate danger of the Obama Brand. It effectively masks the wanton internal destruction and theft being carried out by our corporate state. These corporations, once they have stolen trillions in taxpayer wealth, will leave tens of millions of Americans bereft, bewildered and yearning for even more potent and deadly illusions, ones that could swiftly snuff out what is left of our diminished open society.

  164. What the Hell is so darn difficult making a spell checker that works?
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    Evidently, Microsoft subcontracted the spell check component to CGI, on the advice of Obama’s wife, to benefit one of her college classmates. Obviously, the Obamacare website was not their first disaster.

  165. The biggest idiots on the planet are the useful idiots at DailyKos.

    Eighty years ago, they would have been Hitler Jugen.

    They remind me of the following video clip:

  166. Betty
    October 28, 2013 at 10:44 am
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    The word ‘clueless’ was chosen by another. I merely restated it in a title provided with the Roger L. Simon article stamped wbboei
    October 28, 2013 at 7:47 am.

    Obama sickens me regularly. Most recently with the smile on his face as he walked to/from church yesterday. With all that is wrong, how could he be smiling that broadly? Because he has no heart.

  167. Mormaer
    October 28, 2013 at 7:10 am
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    Mormaer…that’s what I am thinking…who knows…there is such major manipulation, lies and corruption going on…

    also, reporters are starting to actually report that the high enrollment numbers are medicade (not the young and healthy) and Sebelius will be under pressure this week to provide answers

    in addition, the price and shock for the plans is starting to come to the surface…again, just wait until the majority see and understand that the costs are going up for middle class, they really can’t keep their policy because it has been cancelled, they are forced to be covered with things they do not need, they really can’t keep their doctors and special drugs because they don’t belong to the exchange available to them…and their personal information and security is at risk because the “navigators” don’t even have background checks but they have all our personal info making us sitting ducks for identity theft…and the website has even less security even if it doesn’t even work…

    …and that’s not to mention that O and his staff, Congress and the select O buddies have already been declared exempt and aren’t subject to the nightmare the rest of us are…and their exemption contributes and constitutes why the premiums are high and will go higher…

    …last week I heard Marcia Blackburn ask ‘Toni’ from CGI to provide costs for everything the taxpayers have paid out so far…and for all they are going to be billed for the mistakes…

    …I heard a tech expert that was once in the WH say on cable (CNN?) that the WH was using 1960 software and using way too many people (costing unnecessary amounts of money), instead of tech savvy people from Silcon who have experience setting up google, amazon, etc and have no problem reaching billions of people daily…

    …this is too fishy for words…like a built in plan to fail…the contractors continue to make lots of money from their mistakes. Medicade is vastly expanded and the people…the middle class…who are supposed to pay for this are freaking out with sticker shock and big, big disappointment over being misled and lied to….

    …and of course, O doesn’t know anything about any of this…and O just goes on reading from the teleprompter on campaign like events telling everyone Ocare is great and repubs are to blame…

  168. But he didn’t know! He just didn’t know!
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    Embassy Espionage: The NSA’s Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

    According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station. The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations.

    It’s a prime site, a diplomat’s dream. Is there any better location for an embassy than Berlin’s Pariser Platz? It’s just a few paces from here to the Reichstag. When the American ambassador steps out the door, he looks directly onto the Brandenburg Gate.

    When the United States moved into the massive embassy building in 2008, it threw a huge party. Over 4,500 guests were invited. Former President George H. W. Bush cut the red-white-and-blue ribbon. Chancellor Angela Merkel offered warm words for the occasion. Since then, when the US ambassador receives high-ranking visitors, they often take a stroll out to the roof terrace, which offers a breathtaking view of the Reichstag and Tiergarten park. Even the Chancellery can be glimpsed. This is the political heart of the republic, where billion-euro budgets are negotiated, laws are formulated and soldiers are sent to war. It’s an ideal location for diplomats — and for spies.

    Research by SPIEGEL reporters in Berlin and Washington, talks with intelligence officials and the evaluation of internal documents of the US’ National Security Agency and other information, most of which comes from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, lead to the conclusion that the US diplomatic mission in the German capital has not merely been promoting German-American friendship. On the contrary, it is a nest of espionage. From the roof of the embassy, a special unit of the CIA and NSA can apparently monitor a large part of cellphone communication in the government quarter. And there is evidence that agents based at Pariser Platz recently targeted the cellphone that Merkel uses the most.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/cover-story-how-nsa-spied-on-merkel-cell-phone-from-berlin-embassy-a-930205.html

  169. Years on defense—impotent years—have beset even the strongest of presidents. After the Iran-contra scandal broke in November 1986, the Reagan presidency was essentially over. He served two more years and made a triumphant trip to the Soviet Union, but his power was gone. The low point was the overturning of his veto of a highway bill.

    Jimmy Carter’s presidency was hardly a powerhouse. Still, it had one shining moment, when the Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt was signed in September 1978. What clout Carter had vanished after the “malaise” speech in July 1979. It made him a target of ridicule.

    Impeachment in 1998 forced President Clinton into retreat. His popularity remained high, but he abandoned an agenda that included entitlement reform. Even an unexpected Democratic victory in the midterm elections in his second term couldn’t revive his presidency.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/point-no-return_764703.html

  170. Don’t ask obama. He won’t know anything about it!

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    Developing… Bomb Blasts Near U.S. Embassy In Yemen

    Security officials and residents of Yemen’s capital say that a large explosion followed by heavy gunfire have been heard near the U.S. Embassy.

    They did not know how close the blast was to the embassy. The officials spoke anonymously as they were not allowed to talk to media.

    Yemen is fighting a war against al-Qaida’s local branch, considered by Washington to be one of the world’s most dangerous offshoots of the terror network.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/28/developing-bomb-blasts-near-u-s-embassy-in-yemen/

  171. Holy Shit NBC aactually wrote something non fellating….

    http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/28/21213547-obama-admin-knew-millions-could-not-keep-their-health-insurance#comments

    By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye

    NBC News

    President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

    Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
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    None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

    Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

    That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

    Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

    “This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

    The White House does not dispute that many in the individual market will lose their current coverage, but argues they will be offered better coverage in its place, and that many will get tax subsidies that would offset any increased costs. “One of the main goals of the law is to ensure that people have insurance they can rely on – that doesn’t discriminate or charge more based on pre-existing conditions. The consumers who are getting notices are in plans that do not provide all these protections – but in the vast majority of cases, those same insurers will automatically shift their enrollees to a plan that provides new consumer protections and, for nearly half of individual market enrollees, discounts through premium tax credits,” said White House spokesperson Jessica Santillo.

    Individual insurance plans with low premiums often lack basic benefits, such as prescription drug coverage, or carry high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. The Affordable Care Act requires all companies to offer more benefits, such as mental health care, and also bars companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions.
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    Today, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked about the president’s promise that consumers would be able to keep their health care. “What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage, minimum services that every insurance plan has to provide,” Carney said. “So it’s true that there are existing healthcare plans on the individual market that don’t meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act.”

    Courtesy of Heather Goldwater

    Heather Goldwater, 38, of South Carolina, says that she received a letter from her insurer saying the company would no longer offer her plan, but hasn’t yet received a follow-up letter with a comparable option.

    Other experts said that most consumers in the individual market will not be able to keep their policies. Nancy Thompson, senior vice president of CBIZ Benefits, which helps companies manage their employee benefits, says numbers in this market are hard to pin down, but that data from states and carriers suggests “anywhere from 50 to 75 percent” of individual policy holders will get cancellation letters. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, who chairs the health committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, says that estimate is “probably about right.” She added that a few states are asking insurance companies to cancel and replace policies, rather than just amend them, to avoid confusion.

    A spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an insurance trade association, also said the 50 to 75 percent estimate was consistent with the range they are hearing.

    Those getting the cancellation letters are often shocked and unhappy.

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    Those reporters will be sacked by the morning no doubt.

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